Chester Harriman

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Chester Ambrose Harriman, 96, a 54-year resident of Annapolis, died July 20 of congestive heart failure. He was born July 26, 1917 in Harrisville, Ohio, and graduated from Canton McKinley High School, Class of 1935. Chester attended USAAC Flight School at Slippery Rock State Teachers College in 1943, entering the US Army Air Corps as a 1st Lieutenant, 13th Air Force, 69th Squadron, 42nd Bomber Group. Chester flew 26 combat missions in the South Pacific as a B-25 pilot in WWII, and was decorated with the Air Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, American Theater Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, and the Philippines Liberation Service Medal. Before entering the US Army Air Corps, Chester was employed at Timken Roller Bearing Company from 1935 to 1940 as a Metallurgical Inspector, and owned and operated Sohio Gas Station from 1941 to 1943. Following the war, he was a realtor in 1946 for Cutler Realty Company, and then worked for the Farm Bureau Insurance Company, which later became Nationwide Insurance Company, where he was the Regional Claims Manager from 1949 to 1982. He was the owner of Services to Counsel, Inc. from 1985 to 1995. Among his achievements, Chester was a drummer in Boumi Shrine Masonic Temple Band, and was instrumental as a community leader in helping to form an alliance between the town of Annapolis and the Naval Academy in the 1960's. His memberships included: First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, Elder; Annapolis Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Naval Affairs Committee; Navy League of the United States, Annapolis Council, Past Director at Large; Rotary International of Annapolis, Past President and Paul Harris Fellow; 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, Boumi Shrine Masonic Temple of Baltimore Knight's Templar; and Military Order of World Wars, Annapolis Chapter, Past President. Chester's interests included travel, history, archivist and poet. He was preceded in death in 1990 by his former wife, Vivian Truax Harriman, whom he married in 1941. Chester is survived by his wife, Christine Payne-Harriman, whom he married in 1991; son, Jeffery L. Harriman of Leland, North Carolina; daughter, Cheryl Harriman Townshend of Bowie; four grandchildren, Chase W. Townshend, Wesley A. Townshend, Lindsey M. Harriman, and Christopher S. Harriman; seven great-grandchildren; step-son, Thomas Payne of Fort Mill, South Carolina; and step-daughter, Kathy Payne Holl of Reston Virginia. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23, at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, Inc., 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis. A Memorial Service will beheld at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, at First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, 171 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to First Presbyterian Church, 171 Duke of Gloucester, Annapolis, MD 21401. Online condolences may be made to

Published in The Capital on July 22, 2014
Chester A. Harriman
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