After the gloomy groups that were featured last week, I thought I’d cheer you up with a picture of this happy family. Their names were written on the margin of the negative from the Simmon’s Studio collection.
They are Marvin and Kathryn Colster along with their two children, Jerry and Jane.
Marvin Colster was a life-long resident of Johnson County born to John Frederick and May (Gardner) Colster on June 30, 1914. He was raised northeast of Holden. Both he and Kathryn attended Centerview High School.
Kathryn was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Dudley who lived just south of Centerview. She married Marvin on October 7, 1939 in Warrensburg at the home of the Rev. J.C. Hollyman. They made their home on the Porter Murray farm, 9 miles northeast of Holden.
Marvin was a bulk agent for DX Sunray and was a member of the Elks Lodge and Moose Lodge. He was a deacon and elder in the Presbyterian Church. Kathryn was a member of the staff of the farm bureau in the courthouse.
Their son Jerry Marvin Colster, was born August 25, 1941. I’m not sure about the birthdate of the daughter, Jane Elizabeth (Nolte).
After Marvin’s death on October 25, 1973, Kathryn married Frank Wells, a former state representative. He passed away and she married Lyle Jacoby. Lyle and Kathryn spent their final years at Country Club Care Center in Warrensburg.
The cute little boy, Jerry, was in the Missouri National Guard for a while serving with the 635th Aviation Battalion in Warrensburg. I was in the 635th at the same time and thought Jerry was an intelligent and very funny fellow. I Googled him for this article so I could add a few where-is-he-now type details. Here's what I found:
The last information I could find about him was that he was living in Columbia, MO where he was arrested in January, 2015 at the age of 73 for having sex multiple times with an underage boy. He was supposed to be sentenced on May 11, after pleading guilty to statutory rape, but I couldn’t find that record.
Now all I can do is shake my head and mutter, "Oh my..."