John Regester, 84

Published 2:37 pm Monday, December 4, 2023

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John Regester, age 84, of Nicholasville KY passed away at home after a brief illness on December 2, 2023. He was born on March 22, 1939, and was the son of the late Horace and Ruth Regester. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers Ernest, Kenneth, Ronald, and Jerry; sister Nancy Moody; and daughter Kathleen A. Regester.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years Mary Voss Regester. A son James L. Regester of Nicholasville KY, a daughter Karen M. Lay (Tony) of Hustonville KY, grandsons Johnathon L. Regester (Katie) and Christopher D. Lay, granddaughter Megan E. Horton (Jonah), two great-grandchildren Jace L. Regester and Amelia H. Regester, one sister Lois Fose and many nieces and nephews.
John moved to Kentucky from Rochester, New York with Sargent and Greenleaf Inc. in 1974. He retired from lock/key work after 45 years. He, along with his wife Mary spent many years volunteering with associations such as the Special Olympics. He was a knight with the Knights of Columbus and an active member of St. Luke Catholic Church in Nicholasville. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed working for the University of Kentucky after his “retirement” enjoying games as he ushered, worked concessions, and security. John will be sadly missed by his family and friends, we will miss his sense of humor, his smile, and his laughter.
The visitation will be from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at Betts and West Funeral Home in Nicholasville KY with a burial service on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, from 12:00 PM, at St. Luke Catholic Church.
Betts & West Funeral Home is honored to serve the Regester family in their time of need. Online guestbook at
In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Luke Catholic Church or Hospice Care Navigators.

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