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NORTH BENNINGTON -- Chester C. Ringheiser, 75, of Homestead Green, North Bennington, father of two, a writer, photographer, and former Bennington Banner editor who led a varied career in Manhattan, N.Y., Vermont and California, died Thursday, March 15, 2007, at the Vermont Veterans Home after a time of declining health.

He was born Oct. 29, 1931, in Elizabeth, N.J., the son of Jeannette C. Mills and Chester C. Ringheiser Sr. A proud graduate of St. Bernard’s School, Gladstone, N.J., and Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., he was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Army from July 1949 to December 1952. His last service, a sergeant first class, was a chief lab technician for the First Army. Mr. Ringheisers first job was at NBC in New York City. He later became executive director of the eastern region of New York for the New York Petroleum Council while living in Irvington-on-Hudson. He and his former wife, Millis Mershon, came to Vermont in 1963, moving to Red Mountain Road in Arlington, where he began a writing project, and he joined the Banner as an editor. He edited the 1965 Banner front page that won the Ayer Award, a national honor for newspaper makeup and design.

He later opened a bureau for the Banner in Manchester, then began his own photography business and also worked in real estate. In Bennington he joined the sales department for the former Sibley Company, then joined the George S. May Company as a management consultant in New England and later in California. He returned to Vermont in 1993 to continue work on his writing project, a novel titled “White Iron White Stone.” He was much admired and loved for his integrity, his heart, living his life the way he wanted and facing illness with great courage and dignity.

In addition to his many friends across the country, he is survived by his two sons, David and his wife, Karen, of Carlisle, Mass., their children Anna and Alden; his son Seth and his companion, Dawn, of Turners Falls, Mass., and Seth’s daughter Tess; his former wife, Millis M. Mershon, of Sunderland, Mass.; and a cousin Mary Haskell, of Roselle, N.J.

A memorial service will be held at Saint Peters Episcopal Church in Bennington at a time and date to be announced.

The burial will take place in the family lot in Grandview Cemetery, North Bennington. If friends desire, contributions in memory of Chester C. Ringheiser may be made to the Vermont Veterans Home A Wing through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201.

Information provided by the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 16, 2007
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