Frederick (Fred) Edwin Hester, 87, of Loveland, Ohio passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Loving husband of Vicki (Mary Margaret Lafferty) Hester of Centerville, Ohio. Beloved father of Robert (Michelle) Hester of West Chester, Ohio. Cherished Grandfather of Jason (Jamie) Dickerson of Chesterfield, Virginia, Cameron Carpenter of Batavia, Ohio, Ian Hester and Braden Hester of West Chester, Ohio. Great-grandfather to Nathan and Annah Dickerson and Cora Carpenter. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and dear friends. Preceded in death by Parents, Dennis and Jeanette (Bremer) Hester of Indianapolis, Indiana; Daughter, Sherri Cassidy of Loveland, Ohio and Siblings, Phil (Joan) Hester of Medford, Oregon; Marion (Ed) Shoopman of Greenwood, Indiana; Howard (Jeanie) Hester of Imlay City, Michigan; Lucille (Arthur) Bensheimer of Greenwood, Indiana and Floyd Hester of Loveland, Colorado.
Fred was born on September 24, 1933 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis, Indiana and attended Butler University and Mississippi State University. He served active duty in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1967. Drafted during the Korean War and then trained as a fighter, bomber and air refueling pilot where he flew 5-tours and 242 combat missions in the Viet Nam War. In 1968 he joined the Ohio Air National Guard #145th Air Refueling Squadron at Rickenbacker AFB in Columbus, Ohio and later retired as a Lt. Colonel. He served 32-years as a civilian corporate pilot for companies in Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio. Fred flew into all continents except Australia and Antarctica, flew around the world in 1985 and logged over 15,000 flying hours in his career as a pilot.
Interment services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia at a future date.
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Frederick E. Hester
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