Chester "Chet" Figg (1924 - 2014)

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Long-time Homosassa resident, Chester (Chet) Figg passed away July 13, 2014, after a short stint with deadly pancreatic cancer. Born in Prairieton, Indiana, Jan. 22, 1924, Chet is survived by his bride of 29 years, Laurie; a sister, Barbara (Figg) Snider; and a nephew, Steve Snider, both residing in Indiana. Chet leaves behind three stepchildren, Jeffery, David and Carol; five grandchildren, Jason, Alec, Blake, Sterling and Dawn; and six great-grandchildren, Reilly, Brady, Melanie, Corey, Toby and Darcy. Chet is preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Maureen (Drake) Figg; brothers, Bruce and Ben Figg; and his first wife, Ginny.
In Homosassa, Chet could always be found gardening in his yard, puttering in his garage or at his tool bench, chasing white balls on the golf course, leading Laurie on the dance floor or at table #53 every Thursday night in the Sugar Mill Wood's dining room. A veteran of World War II, Chet put himself through Purdue University graduating with an engineering degree which helped him land a life-long career with General Motors (GM).
Chet made Detroit, Michigan his home for several decades as he led the Delco Battery Division of GM. He enjoyed a highly successful vocation with Delco directing operations teams both domestically and abroad. Chet particularly enjoyed the stints of time he spent in Brazil and Europe on behalf of GM.
A longtime Toastmasters member, Chet took great pride in his speaking capabilities. Ever curious, Chet had the gift of asking questions and because of Toastmasters was never afraid to dive into the "why" with perfect strangers who soon became friends.
Golf was one of Chet's passions. After retiring from GM in 1987 and relocating to Florida, Chet played golf at Sugar Mill Wood's golf club several times a week up until his 90th birthday! He was past president of the Sugar Mill Wood's Men's Golf Association and the Men's Traveling Golf League. Chet was a real golfer; no mulligans allowed, penalty strokes were strictly enforced and he always kept to course regulations. However, the 19th hole provided much laughter and camaraderie with his golfing buddies.
Chet and Laurie vacationed to every continent in the world taking in the culture, scenery, exotic foods and lifestyles. He and Laurie filled every nook and cranny of their home with beautiful photographic memories of their travels.
For 20+ years, Chet and Laurie vacationed for two weeks in northern Michigan. The first week Chet led a for-fun, informal investment club of former GMers where they'd concoct hypotheses about what the market was going to do and in which stocks they should invest their pooled monies. The second week was devoted to spending time with Laurie's family in rented condos, cottages and homes in Glen Arbor, Michigan. Residing in these close rental quarters, Chet endured short-sheeted beds, Saran-wrapped toilet seats, hidden cherry pies, crying baby grandchildren, squirt gun fights, being canoe tipped in the Crystal River, hikes in Sleeping Bear Dunes, walks up cardiac hill, tons of laughs, lots of delicious food and drink and always a couple of squabbles, too. He also had to play endless games of Monopoly, Mexican Train, 99 and Phase 10 to name a few. Each of those summer evenings concluded with a trek to the beach where the family would watch the magical sunset over Lake Michigan.
Being highly analytical with a notion for tinkering, Chet was a "fixer." He could take apart things, install new parts and have almost anything working again. He was patient to a fault. His Indiana twang almost came across as gruff to those who didn't know what a soft-hearted soul he was.
Chet will long be remembered by close friends from dancing classes, his golfing and card-playing buddies, his investment club members and his dear neighbors. A special thanks to all who stepped forward to support Chet and Laurie.
Chet and Laurie were life partners and dance partners. Actually, the fact that Chet danced was the game changer that won Laurie's heart while they were dating. During their decades of life together the two of them danced weekly until Laurie's hip gave out in January of this year. Tango, salsa, cha-cha and the foxtrot were all on their list of favorites, but Chet preferred dancing that allowed him to lead Laurie on the floor and hold her close to his heart. She was his great love. At his grandson's wedding last November, Chet and Laurie cleared the dance floor when the hipster DJ played a Viennese waltz. The memory of the two of them smiling, holding on to each other and allowing the music of life to guide each and every step will always be cherished. Be at peace sweet Chet.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on July 15, 2014
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