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Chester L. Brown


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Chester L. Brown Obituary
Chester L. Brown, retired Air Force colonel, left us peacefully early Sunday morning, Feb. 23, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Greenwood Chapel. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Greenwood Chapel. Chester was born in Buffalo Mills and raised in Mann's Choice, Pa. Chet entered military service early in 1942 following Pearl Harbor. Upon earning his pilot wings, he flew across the South Pacific Theater of Operations while based primarily out of New Guinea. Upon return from overseas in 1945, he married Nancy Jane Vollmer of Pennsylvania. A daughter, Terrie, was born in 1946 and a son, Gregg, in 1949. The initiation of hostilities took him to Korea in 1950 where he commanded Shoran operations for strategic bombing. He returned from Korea to Carswell Air Force Base, where he developed radar bomb scoring, a key element of the Strategic Air Command. Following a short stay in combat evaluations at Bossier City, La., Chet was selected to establish the 4000th Support Group, one of two highly classified units, which pioneered satellite control and data collection. Communications and electronics at Strategic Air Command Headquarters led to command of the 1978th Communications Group, Canal Zone, Republic of Panama, commanding all United States Air Force communications and electronics for Central and South America. Returning to Carswell in 1971, he retired from military service in 1972 after 30 years of service. The award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation medal with oak leaf clusters, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Korean Service Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Longevity Service Award with one silver and one bronze oak leaf clusters highlighted a remarkable career. Soon after retiring, Chester and Nancy opened The Heritage Hut in 1972 in River Oaks. The business grew quickly as a family enterprise selling art supplies and providing oil-paining lessons by Terrie and Nancy while Chester provided framing. He loved his store and all of the wonderful people he met there. All who knew him became true and devoted friends captured by his outgoing personality, generosity and sincere affection. His love of animals and people were trademarks of a loving husband, father, friend and member of the Fort Worth community. Survivors: Wife of 68 years, Nancy; his daughter, Terrie; and his son, Gregg, all of Fort Worth.
Published in Star-Telegram on Feb. 27, 2014
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