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Chester Adryan

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ADRYAN, Chester P. Passed peacefully March 6that the Knolls of Oxford. He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years Rita Adryan. Affectionately, "Chet", was born in Cleveland Ohio November 23rd 1917, the son of Joseph and Mary Adryan. He was an accomplished athlete in high school, achieved four letters in gymnastics. He started his career in retail and worked in management at the Woolworths store in Alliance, Ohio where he met and married the former Rita Graf. In Alliance his career was interrupted by WWII when he was drafted. Chet's first son, Craig, was born in neighboring Kentucky where Chet was stationed. After training, he was headed towards the invasion of Japan when he was called back to Officer's Candidate's School. Subsequently, as a 2nd Lieutenant, he made the second wave D-Day landing at Omaha Beach and served with the 83rd Infantry Division which fought from Normandy to Russia rendezvousing with the Russian Army at Torgau, Germany, on the Elbe River just below Berlin. Chet was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster for bravery on several occasions. during nearly two years of service in the European theater. He was decorated with the European African Middle Eastern ribbon with five campaign battle stars for participation at Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. General George Patton invited Captain Adryan to join his staff at the conclusion of the war, but Chet elected to return to his family in Alliance. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to Woolworth Store Manager in Bellefontaine, Ohio where the baby boomer parents welcomed son Tim Adryan. After Woolworths, the residents of Bellefontaine will remember fondly the insurance business Chet founded, Adryan Agency, which he operated for 31 one years on historic Court Street, the first cement paved street in America. Chet and Rita raised their 3 boys in Bellefontaine all of whom graduated from Miami University. Into retirement, Chet and Rita joined their youngest son, local Realtor Chris Adryan, moving to Oxford. Chet is remembered by family and friends alike as a devoted husband and father who was a kind and gentle hero, quick with a smile and knowledgeable about business and world affairs. Ann's (wife of Chris) brother John Larson, hit the nail on the head, when he described his enjoyment of knowing Chet as a great ambassador of a great generation. Chet drew special happiness from his extended family and delighted in his grandchildren. Granddaughters are Alyssa Adryan Wallace , Woodland, California, Rory Hope Adryan, Oxford, Ohio; grandson Ryan Boyd Larson Adryan, who preceded Chet in death in April 2000 and, great-grandchildren Shauna and Grant Wallace Woodland, California. Surviving children are Craig and Kristin Adryan, who reside in San Francisco; Tim Adryan and Lynn Walbright, who live on Long Island New York; and Chris Adryan and Ann Larson, Oxford. All the family will dearly miss our "Pop". Memorial Mass was held at St Mary's Church, Oxford followed by a Veterans of Foreign Wars 21 gun salute with Taps at Mt Olive Cemetery. The family thanks friends for no flowers; memorial donations will be accepted to the Ryan and Rory Foundation, to VITAS Innovative Hospice Care and/or to The Knolls of Oxford c/o Smith Ogle Funeral Home, Oxford, Ohio.
Published in Journal-News on Mar. 14, 2008
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