Captain Walter Harvey Jester, 92, of Willow Valley Manor North, Lancaster, PA, passed away on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at Willow Valley. Born in Chester, PA, he was the son of the late Jesse William Jester and Irene Stewart Jester, and the husband of the late Lillian Perozok Jester, who died in March, 2009.
He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1940 and enlisted in the V-4 program of the United States Naval Reserve in May 1941. He entered on active duty with the United States Navy as an enlisted member in March 1942. Captain Jester had a career in the Navy spanning 33 years which included Combat Intelligence, Pearl Harbor, in May 1942; graduation from Russian Language School in July, 1951. He had various assignments with the Naval Security Group and its predecessor from 1942 – 1957. He served as the Officer-in-Charge of the Interpretive Unit in Yokosuka, Japan from 1957 – 1960. He served as COMNAVSECGRU representative in the Pentagon from 1960-1961 and served as the first Inspector General for the Naval Security Group until March 1963 when he was named as Commanding Officer. He also served in Edzell, Scotland as the Commanding Officer of Naval Security Group Activity from 1963 – 1965. He was selected as Captain in July, 1964 and reported as Commanding Officer of the Naval Security Group Activity at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland in May 1965 followed by a Tour on Staff with the National Security Agency. Captain Jester retired in July, 1974. Captain Jester received many medals and awards, including the Legion of Merit Award during his distinguished Naval Career.
After moving to Willow Valley, he became a member of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA.
Captain Jester is survived by a sister, Doris Sellers of Marco Island, Florida. He was preceded in death by two sister, Florence Lumley and Sarah Luginbuhl.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a service celebrating his life from the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA on Friday, February 18, 2010 at 11 AM with interment following in Edgewood Memorial Park, Glen Mills, PA. The family will visit with friends from 10 to 11 AM at the funeral home on Friday. For other information or to send an online condolence to the family, visit our website at: