Nancy Eklund (Grush)
I remember that Johnny played a mean trumpet in band.
Johnnie had musical talent beyond his years. He played trumpet in the marching, concert, and dance bands. He played a solo in a piece called Festival At Bagdad in Harrisburg at our state concert band competition. Johnnie nailed it and Penn Hills won the state competition. Johnnie was a quit guy in school: he let his horn do the talking. I was saddened to learn of his passing.
What a good friend and great musician he was. We had so many fun times in band and on the band trips. I've thought of him many times through the years and am very sad to hear of his departure.
Elissa Schlenker (Manka)
John Gest passed away on May 25, 2004. His wife Judith Clare Gest also passed away. He had one daughter, Lauren Gest Lindsey and a granddaughter, Marina Lindsey.