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Matthew KestersonPassing: July 28, 2021


Mitchell Cemetery

Graveside Service

Thursday, August 26th @ 10:30 a.m.


No Visitation


Mitchell Cemetery

Thursday, August 26th @ 10:30 a.m.

MITCHELL – Matthew Kesterson, 69, passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Born August 3, 1951, in Paoli, he was the son of Samuel Grant and Alta Belle (McPherson) Kesterson.  He married LaDonna Gayle Wilson August 9, 1969.

Matthew retired from Regal Beloit and Marathon Electric.  He attended Paoli Commuity Schools. Matt’s family was the pride of his life.

his wife of 51 years,
Gayle Kesterson of Mitchell
Brandi Kesterson (Darren) Speer of Mitchell
Cara Kesterson (Kent Todd) Conner of Mitchell
Elizabeth Austin, Victoria (Kevin) Cessna, Ethan ( Alyssa Mahan) Bohnenkamp, Grace Bohnenkamp, Caroline Conner, Katherine Conner, Adryanna (Dylan Wedgewood) Speer, Alex (Alaina) Speer, Raymond Todd, and Sarah Todd
great grandson,
Matthew Cessna
Doug Kesterson of Mitchell
Rita Phillips of Mitchell
Morris (Shirley) Kesterson of Paoli
Lillian Scott of Michigan City

His parents; grandson, Blais Bohnenkamp; and in-laws, Clifford and Imogene Rayhill; and several brothers and sisters preceded him in death.

Following cremation, graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 26, at Mitchell Cemetery.

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16 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Tammie Hensley | Mitchell
    Date: August 7, 2021
    I can't begin to tell you how sorry Jeremy and I were to hear of Matt passing. He was a great man, and a wonderful friend. Our hearts go out to all of you. Your in our thoughts and prayers Gayle, we love you.
  2. Guest: Randy and Marlena Swartz | Mitchell, In. 47446
    Date: August 4, 2021
    Randy and I worked with Matt at Regal Beloit for several years. He was a really nice person and our hearts go out to Matt's wife and the whole family. He will be missed
  3. Guest: Brenda Wray | Mitchell , IN
    Date: August 1, 2021
    Dear Gayle and girls, I worked with Matt and the girls at Regal Beloit. Matt always had the same..friendly smile and always had time to talk. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
  4. Guest: Terry Deckard | Bedford, Indiana
    Date: July 31, 2021
    Sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed working with Matt, and considered him a dear friend. I will miss him.
  5. Guest: loren d hamilton | MITCHELL
    Date: July 31, 2021
    So sorry for your loss. Matt was a good friend. Saw him recently and he said he was doing well.
  6. Guest: Jimmie & Virginia Atkins | Newberry, SC
    Date: July 30, 2021
    Gayle, Brandi and Cara So sorry to learn of Matt's passing. Jimmie & Matt worked together at Regal. He was a great man and father to you girls. Keeping you all in our prayers.
  7. Guest: Richelle Pemberton-Onley | Mitchell Indiana
    Date: July 30, 2021
    So sorry for you Gayle and your family. My heart aches for you all. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
  8. Guest: Susan King | English, In
    Date: July 29, 2021
    My heart goes out to you Gayle, Cara & Brandi, I am so saddened to hear of Matt's passing, he was truly a good man who loved his family beyond measure. He was kind, caring & thoughtful & he just had this sparkle whenever he talked about the grandkids, he always treated me with nothing but respect no matter what I had going on in my life & now he is up there with Summer looking down on you all. God bless!
  9. Guest: Erin Stennett | Paoli, IN
    Date: July 29, 2021
    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I didn't know Matt well, but from the time I did get to spend with him and Gail, it was obvious how much he loved his entire family. I will be praying for Gail, Matt's girls, and all of his grandchildren, plus all of his friends and loved ones. I'm so so sorry.
  10. Guest: Melissa Knott | Columbia City, IN
    Date: July 29, 2021
    Aunt Gayle, Brandi and Cara, There are no words to express the heartbreak I feel at the loss of my Uncle Matt, so I can only imagine that it’s a million times worse for all of you. He was one of the most kindest, gentlest souls. With that shy smile and those gentle brown eyes. He will be greatly missed by us all. Fly high among the angels sweet man. Tell my daddy and my Bub we said hi and may all of you watch over all of us.
  11. Guest: Carol | Mitchell, ind
    Date: July 29, 2021
    Gail,Cara,and Brandi, I am so sorry to hear of Matts passing. He was a great husband and father and loved the 3 of you with all his heart. Your family will be in my prayers.
  12. Guest: Robert Bex | Bedford, IN
    Date: July 29, 2021
    Doug and family, I was sorry to read of your loss.
  13. Guest: Kent | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: July 29, 2021
    I only have known Matt for a short time, but I felt loved and welcomed from the first moment that Cara introduced me to the family. He and the rest of the family welcomed myself, Ray, and Sarah into their hearts as if we were always there. Matt was the poster person for being a selfless person and putting all others above your own needs and wants. Matt was a teacher without knowing it, a leader by showing the way, and a giant in the eyes of everyone who knew him. God speed Matt,
  14. Guest: Mary Jane Chism | W BADEN SPRGS, Indiana
    Date: July 29, 2021
    To Aunt Gayle, Brandi, and Cara, to Aunt Lillian, Uncle Morris and Uncle Doug, sending prayers and hugs during this difficult time. Uncle Matt was one of those peaceful and kind souls that you rarely have the opportunity to meet, let alone to be able to call them "family".. He will forever be remembered and loved by all of his family and friends. Fly high, Uncle Matt! You deserve the wings you received. Love to all. Mary Jane
  15. Guest: Ellen Staggs | Bedford, IN
    Date: July 29, 2021
    To my Aunt, Gayle, an cousin’s Brandi an Cara an family, My heart is broken ,uncle Matt was a great man, husband an Dad, an Papaw, he loved his family. But heaven gained a angel. Bless you all though this very hard time, I love you all so much. I will never forget him. You an aunt Gayle took care of me a lot when I was little. Until we meet again.
  16. Guest: Dwight and Mary Beth Compton | Mitchell, In
    Date: July 28, 2021
    Gayle, Brandi and Cara We are so sorry to hear of your dads passing. He was a dear friend to us and we will all remember what a kind, patient man he was! Prayers for all of you! Love, Dwight and Mary