John J. Kestle a 54 year resident of Torrance, CA passed away on Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 at his home after a valiant battle with cancer. John was born on January 29th 1923 in Butte, Montana. John and his Mother Katherine came to California in 1925. John was raised by his Mother in Los Angeles and graduated from Freemont High School in 1941. At 19 years old he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served his country as a Nose gunner. He later went on to get his contracting license and own his own plastering company. In 1968 he began a twenty year career in the Aerospace Industry working alongside his wife at Continental Graphics. He was a very loving and devoted Husband and Father. In retirement and before he enjoyed traveling many times to Hawaii with his wife. He loved his crossword puzzles, playing solitaire and his dog Jake. John is survived by his wife of 68 years Rosemary Kestle, daughters Vickie Fettig and Mary Kate Lancaster; son-in-law Dean Fettig; brother Wendell Kestle; Grandchildren Lisa Ihlen, Kellie and Kyle Lancaster; Great Grandchildren Matthew, Sydnie and Taylor Castillo and of course Jake. A Celebration of his Life will be held on Friday December 4th, 2009 from 2:00pm - 5:00pm at Rice Mortuary 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, Ca. Memorial Services will begin at 2:00pm with a reception to follow.

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  1. Mary Kate: I was saddened to hear of your father’s passing. I know you were there at his side during his difficult illness and that must have been a comfort to him. I will keep you in my thoughts.

  2. Mary Kate…… You and family are certainly in prayers and thoughts as you go through the aftermath of your Dad’s illness and death. May you find comfort in the gift you gave him of your time and support as he declined. (did not know of his illness) May the support of friends and family help through the journey ahead as you grieve. xmary (strasshofer)

  3. Dear Mary Kate & Family, May God’s Grace comfort you during these most difficult days. Just know that you and your family are in my prayers and thoughts. With my love & heartfelt condolences. Judy L. Opperman

  4. Dear Mary Kate and family, We are saddened to learn of the passing of your dad. May your many memories give you strength and comfort during this time. With sympathy, The Westerlies

  5. Dear Mary Kate and family, I will always remeber how your face would light up when you talked about your father, may your memories bring comfort to your heart, warmest regards Terri Watamanuk

  6. Please know that you are very much in my heart and prayers. I know how much your dad will be missed. I hope you can find some comfort in your many special memories of your dad. Warm Regards, Linda Schroder

  7. Mary Kate…I have had the pleasure of attending High School with you and then flying with you at Western and Delta Airlines. You are a beautiful person inside and out and I know a reflection of your wonderful Dad. I am thinking of you and send my love and a big hug.

  8. Vickie and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I remember your Dad when we were growing up as such a kind, wonderful father. I know you will miss him greatly. Please know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this time of grief. With Love & prayers, Rita (Walsh) Adamoli

  9. Dear Mary Kay, My thoughts are with you and your family. So sorry to hear of your loss. Imagine a great big hug from me because that is what I would do if I were with you.

  10. Dear Kestle family, I am so sorry for your loss. Mr Kestle was a great guy, and I will remember the twinkle in his eyes and his funny comments. Marsha Bratz

  11. Vickie and Dean, I am so sorry that your Father has passed. I know how close you were and how important he was to you. He was very lucky to have such a great Daughter and Son-in-Law to help care for and be with him.

  12. Dearest Mary Kate: Sending my deepest sympathy for you and all your family members. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I wish you peace and send you my friendship and love, Thom Blackmore

  13. Mr. Kestle, that’s how I knew him. Can’t say that I ever really knew his first name. Father to my childhood friend, Mary Kate, I spend many a day at the Kestle’s house. I can vividly recall all the rooms in their house, just a block over from my house on 172nd Street. Even the addition, with the bar and the nice roomy sewing center for Mrs. Kestle. Mr. Kestle was always so nice and easy-going, just an easy person to be around. I’ll always remember him with his mustache. And a sparkle in his eye. Please accept my most sincere condolences for your loss. I will be thinking of you and praying that God give you the strength to deal with your grief, and to celebrate this great man. With love, Donna Walsh Ortlepp

  14. Vickie, Dean and family, Our thoughts are with you all as you go through this time. We know how special your Dad/Granddad/Husband was to all of you and you have such wonderful memories to cherish. May you find comfort in the days and weeks ahead. That was a great picture of him and that’s the way I remember him. He is smiling down on all of you. Our love and prayers go out to each of you.

  15. Mary I am so sorry about your father’s passing. You loved him so, what a blessing you are to him and your mother and the care and attention you gave him this last year. I am praying for you and your family, may God be your source of comfort.

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