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March 08, 2020


Charles Jerry Rester
December 17, 1943 - March 7, 2020

Charles Jerry Rester was born on December 17, 1943 in Franklinton, Louisiana and passed away on March 7, 2020 at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Home in Reserve, Louisiana. Jerry was a hardworking husband and father, retiring after 31 years as a boiler operator at the Gaylord paper mill in Bogalusa. He loved children, and they loved him back! Nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and kids at church all benefitted from his fun-loving, playful side as he taught them much about life. Jerry loved our country and proudly served as a U.S. Marine. He loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and served Him proudly through the years at Bogue Chitto Heights Baptist Church and Mt. Zion United Pentecostal Church. Jerry spent the last two years of his life at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Home in Reserve; he was well-loved there by all who knew him.

Left to continue his legacy of love: Wife of 54 years: Betty Rester; Son: Deloy Rester of Metairie; Son and Daughter-in-law Danny and Valinda Rester of Shreveport; Grandchildren and Spouses: Jeralyn Rester Wilhite and Scott Wilhite, Jaryd Rester, Jaylie Rester, Karah Darensbourg, James Druhet and Tye Anders, Kohl Rester, Joy Rester, and Karleigh Darensbourg-Rester; Great-grandchildren: Lexi, Jackson, and Taylor; Also numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Delos Rester, mother Minnie Rester, step-father Will Rester and sister Kathy Rester Jones.

Visitation will be held on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Crain Funeral Home in Franklinton, with the funeral to follow at 3:00 PM officiated by Rev. Scott Breland and Rev. Pete Williams. Internment, with full military honors, will immediately follow at Spencer Cemetery.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Chris Connell, Matthew Diaz, James Druhet, Ricky Mitchell, Scott Mitchell, Jaryd Rester, Kohl Rester, and Scott Wilhite.

The family would like to express our deepest gratitude to the staff of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Home and the staff at Ochsner Medical Center in Kenner who cared for him through the last week of his life.

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