Chester was the 5th of 9 children and grew up on a farm near Sentinel, Oklahoma. He attended school at Port. After graduating Port High School, he started at Carnegie Junior College Carnegie, Oklahoma. It was in Carnegie that he met Mary Lou Brown Campbell. They were married July 10, 1941.
He joined the Navy in 1943 and was assigned to the USS Wedderburn in San Francisco. They went to the South Pacific and escorted the USS Missouri into Yokusaka Harbor for the signing of the Japanese Peace Treaty, then returned to Bremerton, Washington. After his discharge from the Navy, he worked for TG&Y for a year before joining the Oklahoma National guard with the rank of Corporal in 1950.
He went from Ft. Polk to Japan and then to Korea. He then spent the rest of his military career in Oklahoma in administrative positions, serving a total of 39 years, retiring as a Colonel. They retired in Duke, Oklahoma in 1994 and were members of the Duke United Methodist Church.
Chester is survived by his wife of 75 years, Mary Lou, his son Gareth and wife Marcia of Duke, Oklahoma; grandsons Chris and wife Amy of Boise, Idaho, Erick and wife Heather of Colorado Springs, Colorado, great grandsons Noah of Boise, Idaho, Daniel of Ft. Collins, Colorado and Ben and Brett both of College Station, Texas, He is also survived by a sister, Linda Sargeant and husband Mike of West Columbia, Texas, sister-in-law Betty Wofford of Norman, Oklahoma, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Chester was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Fane Gardner, Ruby Cluck and Lola Meek, brothers Wilburn, Lester, Pete, and RH and oldest grandson Michael Shawn Bishop.
Funeral services for Chester are 2:00 P.M. Thursday May 17, 2018 at Lowell - Tims Funeral Home Chapel in Altus, Oklahoma. Interment will follow the service at Altus City Cemetery with full military honors. Services have been entrusted to Lowell Tims Funeral Home.
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