Chester J. "Chet" Billings, 83, of 75 Jefferson St., passed away Friday (May 3, 2013) at the Bradford Manor.
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Born June 9, 1929, in Clermont, he was a son of the late Charles L. and Mae Huber Billings. On Feb. 21, 1953, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Smethport, he married Nancy Anderson Billings, who survives.
Mr. Billings was a 1947 graduate of Smethport High School and Clarion State College in 1958. He had also attended Temple University and Penn State University.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951 and served during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1953.
Mr. Billings was a junior high school Earth science teacher in the Bradford Area School District for 39 years. Throughout his teaching career he also coached junior high boys basketball, varsity boys basketball, varsity girls basketball and varsity girls golf. During his time as a coach, he had the honor of taking three different varsity sports to the District 9 Championships. He loved to fish, hunt and was an avid golfer, a pasttime in which he achieved three hole in ones.
He was a member of the Emanuel Lutheran Evangelical Church, Pennsylvania State Education Association and Smethport Country Club.
In addition to his wife Nancy of 60 years, he is survived by three daughters, Rebecca and Greta Billings, both of Bradford, and Dina (George) Stepanenko of Naples Fla.; two sons, Matthew (Barbara) Billings of Shippensburg and Nathan (Marybeth) Billings of Bliss, N.Y.; a sister, Helen Rossi and a brother, Norm Billings, both of Rochester, N.Y.; and two grandchildren, Amanda (Anthony) Hopkins and Scott Muncer, both of Texas.
A celebration of his life will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Emanuel Lutheran Evangelical Church, where funeral and committal services will immediately follow with the Rev. Thomas Pierotti, interim pastor, and the Rev. Douglas Soley, retired pastor, co-officiating.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Emanuel Lutheran Evangelical Church; or the
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Published in The Bradford Era from May 4 to May 13, 2013