March 6, 1906 ~ September 11, 2005
A Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Great Great Grandfather, and Friend. Born in Sayre, Oklahoma on March 6th 1906, he left us all on Sep 11th, 2005 in Northridge with his loved ones surrounding him. Barney came to California over 70 years ago. A first generation German immigrant his Oklahoma farm family consisted of 12 siblings. He soon had a job in the golden state and convinced several of his brothers to follow him out to the bounty that was California. Not too long after arriving here he began working for the L.A. City Department of Water and Power. Shortly thereafter he met a young woman at a church function in Sawtelle (West L.A.). This woman would become his Wife, Leatha, and she made him happier than he ever had been. Barney continued being married to Leatha for the next 76 years, and worked for the D.W.P. for 42 years before being forced into retirement. Once in "retirement" Barney continued working at his own handyman business for the next 30 years at least. Barney Jester valued hard work, honesty, and fairness and lived his life in accordance with those ideals. During those 76 years of Marriage Barney became a father to two daughters, a grandfather to 7 children, Great grandfather to 10, and Great-Grandfather to 5. During those years he acted as much more, being a mentor, a coach, and a father whenever needed. He was our hero, and he became simply "Grandpa" to us, he seemed more like a force of nature than a person of flesh and blood. But flesh and blood he was, and all heart. He never turned aside any of his children when his help was needed, and always thought of his beloved wife and their children before himself. When he knew his time was coming, in a moment of lucidity he asked for the thing that had been most precious to him for the last 76 years. Barney asked Leatha if she would marry him for another 76 years, and happily Leatha said yes. Barney replied, "He had never been happier". The next day he was gone, leaving us all to wonder how could "Grandpa" be gone? he was like the mountains or the ocean, always to be there whenever we needed him. Visitation will be from 11AM-1PM on Friday Sep, 16th at White and Day Colonial Mortuary of Redondo Beach, CA. Followed by the tribute service at 1:30 pm at the Pacific Crest Cemetery of Redondo Beach.
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