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George Edward Besta

Male 1936 - 2002  (65 years)


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  • Name George Edward Besta 
    Nickname Ed 
    Born 14 Oct 1936  Rossville, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Apr 2002  Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried West Lawn Memorial Gardens, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1324  Rossville
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2017 

    Father Edward Bruce Besta,   b. 1915,   d. 23 Dec 1954  (Age 39 years) 
    Mother Winifred L Yocum Besta Kerwin,   b. 19 Nov 1918, St. Marys, Pottawatomie County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 2011, Rossville, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 31 Aug 1935 
    Family ID F343  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Nancy Louise Parr Besta 
    Married 23 Dec 1958  Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Edward Joseph Besta
     2. William Bruce Besta
     3. Brenda Louise Besta Sanders
     4. Susanne Marie Besta Metcalf,   b. 17 May 1967
     5. Maria Besta
    Documents
    Marriage- Parr, Nancy-Besta, George Edward
    Marriage- Parr, Nancy-Besta, George Edward
    Parr-Besta marriage at Topeka Lutheran Church

    Nancy Louise Parr and Edward Besta, both of Rossville, exchanged wedding vows in a double-ring ceremony at the First Lutheran church in Topeka December 23.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Parr. Parents or the groom are Mrs. Winifred Ker vin and the late George Besta.

    Dr. Ernest Tonsing read the service and music was furnished by Mrs. Max Slankard, organist, and Harold Felsburg, soloist.

    The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a gown of white satin and Chantilly lace. The bod ice was fashioned with a scalloped neckline, close-fitting sleeves, and a drop waistline. The floor-length skirt of lace over satin was accented by a front panel of satin. Her illusion veil fell from a cap of lace trimmed with sted pearls and sequins. She carried an orchid on a white Bible.

    Patricia Ann Parr, the brideĺs sister, was maid of honor. She wore a ballerina-length gown of turquoise taffeta and lace with a matching halo trimmed with pearls holding a short illusion veil. Her bouquet was a cascade of pink carnations.

    Linda Parr and Mary Besta, sisters of the couple, lighted the candles. They wore dresses of rust satin featuring Empire waistlines accented with dark brown ribbon, and their wrist corsages were yellow mums.

    Attending the bridegroom were Kenseth Houck, best man, and William S. Parr, Douglas Martinek and Clifford VanVleck, ushers.

    The ceremony was followed by a reception in the church parlor. Mrs. Robert Marney, Janice Parr and Mrs. Alvin Bell assisted.

    After a short honeymoon trip, the couple is at home in Tecumseh. The bride is a graduate of Rossville High School and is employed by Hallmark Cards, Inc. The groom is a Delia High School graduate and is employed in the Santa Fe offices.
    Anniversary- Besta, Ed and Nancy
    Anniversary- Besta, Ed and Nancy
    Besta vows reaffirmed

    Mr. and Mrs. Ed Besta, Topeka, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with a reaffirmation of the wedding vows at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23 at the First Lutheran Church, Topeka. A reception will follow.

    Hosting the event will be their children Joe, Brenda, Bruce and Maria and Susanne.

    Ed Besta and Nancy Parr were married Dec. 23, 1958 in Topeka.
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2017 12:44:27 
    Family ID F347  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - West Lawn Memorial Gardens, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Obituary- Besta, George 1
    Obituary- Besta, George 1
    George Besta
    George Edward "Ed" Besta, 65, Topeka, died Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at his home.
    Mr. Besta worked tor Santa Fe Railway until 1967, and then he worked for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. until he retired in 1998 as a supervi-sor.
    He was born Oct. 14, 1936, in Rossville, the son of Edward and Winfield Yocum Besta. He graduated from Delia High School.
    Mr. Besta was a member of Moose Lodge No. 555 and First Lutheran Church. He also bowled in several bowling leagues and played in a Pitch Card League.
    He married Nancy L. Parr on Dec. 23, 1958, in Topeka. She survives.
    Other survivors include two sons, Edward Joseph Besta, Kansas City, Mo., and William Bruce Besta, Olathe; two daughters, Brenda Lou-ise Sanders and Susanne Metcalf, both of Tope-ka; his mother and stepfather, Winifred and Clinton Kerwin, Rossville; two brothers, Bennie Besta, Rossville, and Robert Kerwin, Ozawkie; three sisters, Teresa Marney, Delia, Mary Cowan, Topeka, and Terri Kerwin, Rossville; and eight grandchildren.
    Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the First Lutheran Church. Burial will be in West Lawn Memorial Gardens. Mr. Besta will lie in state at Parker-Price Mortuary after 3 p.m. Thursday. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Memorial contributions may be made to First Lutheran Church, 1234 S.W. Fairlawn, Topeka, 66604.
    Obituary- Besta, George 2
    Obituary- Besta, George 2
    George Besta
    George Edward "Ed" Besta, 65. Topeka, died Tuesday, April 23, 2002, in his home,
    He was born October 14, 1936 in Rossville, the son of Edward and Winifred Yocum Besta, He was a graduate of Delia High School.
    He worked for the Santa Fe RailČroad until 1967, when he went to work for Goodyear Tire and Rubber where he was supervisor until he reČtired in 1998.
    Ed was a member of the Moose Lodge, Topeka, and First Lutheran Church, Topeka,
    He married Nancy L. Parr on December 23, 1958 in Topeka. She survives.
    Other survivors include two sons. Edward J. Besta, Kansas City, MO, and William B. Besta, Olathe; two daughters, Brenda L. Sanders, and Susanne Metcalf, both of TopeČka; his mother, Winifred Kerwin, Rossville; his stepfather, Clinton Kerwin, Rossville; two brothers, Bennie Besta, Rossville. and Robert Kerwin, Ozawkie; three sisters, TerČesa Marney, Delia, Mary Cowan, Topeka, and Terri Kerwin, RossČville; and eight grandchildren.
    His service was at 10 a.m. Fri-day at First Lutheran Church. TopeČka. Burial was in West Lawn MeČmorial Gardens, Topeka, The famiČly received friends Thursday from 6- 8 p.m. at the Parker-Price Mortuary. Topeka.
    Memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church, 1234 SW Fairlawn, Topeka. KS 66604.
    Parker-Price Mortuary, Topeka, was in charge of arrangements.
    Birth- Besta, George
    Birth- Besta, George
    Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Besta, Wednesday, Oct. 14th a son.