GIBSON CITY — David Dale Hester, 69, of Gibson City passed away Thursday (Aug. 2, 2012) at his home surrounded by his loving family after a hard fought battle with brain cancer.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Gibson City United Methodist Church, 206 East 10th St., Gibson City. The Rev. John Tennyson will officiate. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Gibson City United Methodist Church or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Lamb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
David was born Aug. 19, 1942, in Bloomington, a son of John R. and Dorothy E. Orendorff Hester. He married Diana Culbertson on June 21, 1963. He later married Linda Rafferty Tongate on Oct. 17, 1992.
Surviving are his wife, Linda, Gibson City; and his children, Pam (George) Jones, Heyworth; Scott (Kathy) Hester, Bloomington; Jodi (Mike) Rich, Heyworth; Gary (Misty) Tongate, Bloomington; and Greg (Holli) Tongate, Normal; grandchildren, Matt and Tyler Jones; Kyle and Kali Hester; Kari Sellberg; Todd, Kelsi and Nick Rich; and Peyton, Kendall, Macy and Preslee Tongate; and great-grandchildren, Colton McBride and Camden Rich.
David is also survived by brothers, John (Pam) Hester, Saybrook; and Steve (Cheryl) Hester, Gibson City; sister, Holly (John) Frost, Bloomington; and his father and mother-in-law, Wes and Marge Rafferty, LeRoy.
He was preceded in death by his parents and twin grandsons.
David had a 40-year career as an ironworker with Local 380 in Urbana. Upon retirement from ironworking, he went to work at Railside Golf Club in Gibson City. David played fast-pitch softball for 17 years. He was the third baseman for the Gibson City Merchants that later transitioned to the Hessenhaus and finally TNT. David was an avid golfer and a die-hard Cubs and Bears fan. He enjoyed building and often used his talents to help others in times of need. Most of all, David loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was always there to cheer them on and support their activities.
He was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church.
David will be remembered for his unending generosity to the less fortunate.