Dale Seward Chidester

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Dale Seward Chidester Salt Lake City, UT In loving memory of Dale Seward Chidester who passed away in Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 23, 2012 after a long life. He was in his 100th year. Few men always had a kind word for everyone and showed no bias towards anyone (except a poor card player like his son-in-law, Bill) like Dale. He was a quiet man who went about the task of living his life without demands or unwarranted expectation. No one who knew him would have anything but kind words about him. He was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on April 4, 1913, the only child of Nettie and Seward Chidester. Dale joined Kelloggs October 20, 1932 as a mailroom employee in the main office. In 1934 he was assigned to the branch accounting department and in 1940 was made supervisor of branch accounting. He became a founding member of the Kellogg Federal Credit Union, of which he was Treasurer-Manager from 1941 to 1958. In 1958, Dale assumed full-time management of the Credit Union until 1973. He was also involved with the Michigan Credit Union League in the early 1940s, serving as vice-president for nine years, served on a number of key committees, and was still a national director from Michigan at the time of his retirement. In 1973, at age 61, Dale and wife Evelyn, retired to Deltona Florida where they lived together until Evelyn's passing in 2005. Dale continued living in Florida taking time to travel back to Michigan to see family and friends. An avid badminton player into his 50's, he also enjoyed cutthroat croquet and card playing. He was a Fisherman first and foremost though, whether at the trout stream next to his home in Michigan, walking the beaches in Florida, on the St. Johns, salmon fishing in Alaska or fishing for stripers on Lake Powell. He loved to fish. Dale is survived by his children, Diane Harkness of Battle Creek, David of Deltona Florida, Doug (Patty) of Clemmons, North Carolina, Don of Canterberry, Connecticut, and Jan (William) of Salt Lake City, Utah. He had seventeen grandchildren, thirty-two great-grandchildren and eighteen great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris, and second wife, Evelyn. Dale showed us how to live a full life.

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Dec. 2, 2012
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