Retired Chief Karl Kestler, Crestwood Fire

Karl E. Kestler, passed away on April 5, 2019.

Survived by his high school sweetheart, his beloved wife of 47 years, Robyn (MacDonald) Kestler. Loving brother to Xavier, Mary June (Harold) Walker, Eugene (Janice), Gary (Donna), Kevin (Jackie). Karl was Uncle, Great Uncle, Cousin, colleague and dear friend to many. Preceded in death by his parents Earl and Mag Kestler.

Karl was born on December 6, 1951 in St. Louis, MO. He attended Cleveland High School where he played football, baseball and soccer. Karl also played soccer and baseball at Meramec Community College before graduating with his Bachelor of Science degree from Maryville University. Karl began his career as a firefighter in 1975 with the Crestwood Fire Department and rose through the ranks to become the Fire Chief in 1997. Besides serving as fire chief, Karl twice served as acting City Administrator until he retired on January 2, 2012 after 38 years of service with the City of Crestwood. Chief Kestler, known for keeping a low profile, was a distinguished public servant and leader, greatly admired by many who knew and worked with him.

Karl's favorite pastimes were muzzle loading, weight lifting, cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball team, and spending time with the love of his life, Robyn. They enjoyed bike riding and traveling the world.

Karl will be deeply missed by his family, colleagues, and friends who loved him.

Memorial donations can be made in Karl's name to the Siteman Cancer Center, 4921 Parkview Place, St. Louis, MO (63110).


Visitation April 08, 2019, Monday 04:00 pm - 08:00 pm John L. Ziegenhein & Sons South County 4830 Lemay Ferry Road, Saint Louis, MO 63129

Funeral Service April 09, 2019, Tuesday 01:00 pm - John L. Ziegenhein & Sons South County Chapel 4830 Lemay Ferry Road, Saint Louis, MO 63129

Burial to follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery 1215 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis.

Engineer Keith Parker, Retired

It is with sadness that the Crestwood Fire Department and IAFF Local 2665 announce the death of Engineer Keith Parker who died Monday April 22, 2019.

Keith was born January 15, 1954 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He and his wife Janice married October 7, 1978. Keith began his fire service as a volunteer with the Gardenville Fire Protection District. Keith served as a career firefighter – engineer with the Crestwood Fire Department for 36 ½ years. Keith was an avid firefighter, an instructor at the St. Louis County Fire Academy for 10 years, and served as judge of the Jefferson County Fire Engine Rally in Herculaneum, Mo.

Visitation will be held 1PM – 3PM Saturday April 27, 2019 at the Kutis Funeral Home 5255 Lemay Ferry Road, Mehlville, Mo. 63129.

Memorial Services will be held 3PM April 27, 2019 at the Kutis Funeral Home 5255 Lemay Ferry Road, Mehlville, Mo. 63129

Memorials in Keith’s name can be made to the Mid America Transplant system.

Professional Honors will be afforded.

Retired Assistant Chief Fred McClure, Sr.

It is with deep sadness that the Jonesburg-High Hill Fire Protection District announces the death of retired Assistant Chief Fred McClure Sr. Retired Asst . Chief McClure Sr. died on April 22"d, 2019.

Fred McClure Sr. served the Jonesburg-High Hill Fire Protection District for over 46 years. Fred also served as an original board member of the fire district and recently left the board after 21 years of service. He is survived by his son, Freddie (Elizabeth) McClure Jr. of Lake Saint Louis, MO; former spouse, Belinda McClure of Warrenton, MO; grandchildren,Conner and Brooklyn McClure of Lake St. Louis,MO; four sisters, Connie (Joe) esson of Warrenton, MO, Betty Clemonds of Warrenton, MO, Janet (Ray) Wippler of Troy, MO,Mary Ann (Harrison) Burts of Montgomery City, MO; He is preceded in death by his father, Freddie McClure, mother,Margaret Lucille McClure,brother, Terry McClure, brother,Tom McClure,brother, Jerry McClure, sister, Donna Palmer.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 pm -6:00 pm at Pitman Funeral Home, 904 South Highway 47, Warrenton, MO 63383.

Vigil honors will be afforded and performed by the men and women of the Jonesburg-High Hill Fire Protection District.

A Uniformed Member walk-through will occur at 6:00 pm.

Apparatus is not being requested.