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Wayne Ira Kester, 76, of Buffalo, was born Dec. 14, 1946, in Willow Springs and died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023, at his home near Buffalo. He is survived by his wife Susan of the home; one son, Chris and wife Tammy Kester of Collinsville, Okla.; one daughter, Carolyn and husband Barry Baskin of Springfield; three stepsons, Richard and wife Mandy Howard of Salt Lake City, Utah, Billy and Debra Howard of Springfield, and Danny Hand of Potosi; one stepdaughter, Elmina and husband Rayno Narducci of Morrisville; a number of grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Eugene Nelson and Marvin Michael Kester, and one sister, Barbara Faye and husband Kirk Bennett. Funeral services for Wayne Ira Kester will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, 2023, at Community Southern Baptist Church in Fair Grove. Burial will be in Mount Olive Cemetery in Fair Grove, under the direction of Cantlon-Otterness & Viets Funeral Home of Buffalo. Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, in the funeral home.