MACOMB - Chester Alvin Baugher, 97, of Macomb, Ill., passed away and left this Earth at 2:12 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at The Elms Nursing Home and is now face to face with the Lord.
He was born Dec. 8, 1915, in Payson, Ill., to Albert and Mabel (Hibbard) Baugher. He married Kathleen Lovell on May 6, 1946. She survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Deborah K. (Baugher) Smith of Macomb, Ill.; one son, Randy A. (and Betty) Baugher of River Falls, Wis.; four grandchildren, Angela (and David) Ragle of Ipava, Ill., Kimberley (and Greg) Schreacke of Elizabethtown, Ky., Samantha (and David) Jones of West Allis, Wis., and Jena (and Joshua) Cudd of River Falls, Wis.; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Martha Kirchner of Keokuk, Iowa; one brother, Charles (and Nancy) Baugher of Keokuk, Iowa; and many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters; and one grandson, Christopher I. Smith in 2001.
He was part of FDR's CCC program when he was 16. He was a World War II U.S. Marine Corps veteran, who was stationed at the battle of Midway in the South Pacific.
He led a life full of many experiences, most of them leading up to his career as a chef and expert of the culinary arts. He received his initial culinary training from the esteemed Chef Rene Mors<0x00E8> in St. Paul, Minn. Chester was a member of the Illinois chapter of the Executive Chef Association and was instrumental in forming the local Peoria chapter. He was also a member of the American Culinary Federation. He worked in Peoria, Ill., at Pere Marquette and St. Francis Hospital, before moving to Wee-ma-tuk Country Club in Canton, Ill., and then back to Peoria to Jumer's, Creve Coeur Club and the Country Club of Peoria. His wife worked alongside him at many of these establishments. After retiring at the top of his culinary career, he moved to Macomb, Ill., where he worked part time at The Macomb Dining Company.
During his lifetime, Chester mentored, trained and educated many people in the culinary arts. He is loved and missed by all.
He was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Macomb.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at the First Christian Church, where visitation will be 1 1/2 hours prior to the service. The Rev. Kelly Ingersoll will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the McDonough District Hospital Hospice Program or Loaves and Fishes. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com.