Senior Master Sgt. Donald V. Chase,U.S.A.F., 86, beloved husband of 55 years to Phyllis (Joyner) Chase, passed away peacefully Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at Marlborough Health Care Center.
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Donald was born Jan. 19, 1927, in Putnam, son of the late Waldo and Helen (Hagerman) Chase and had been a resident of Vernon since 1961. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps and U.S. Air Force veteran serving during both World War II and the Korean War. Prior to his retirement in 1986, Donald was a flight simulator supervisor for the Air National Guard for more than 40 years, retiring with the rank of senior master sergeant. He was an avid pilot and enjoyed spending his time flying. He was a longtime member of the First Congregational Church of Vernon. Donald was a former member of the Rockville Elks, former secretary of the Babe Ruth Baseball League in Vernon and a former member of the Vernon Cemetery Committee. He spent much of his retirement years on the golf course and was very proud to say he had earned a hole-in-one.
Besides his wife Phyllis, he is survived by his three children, Arnold Chase and his wife, Deborah of Vernon, Amy Chase of Manchester, and Heather Loupe of Somers; his sister, Judith Waddell and her husband, Ernie Hulme, of Charlestown, R.I.; his three grandchildren, Eric and Emily Chase of Vernon and Kinsey Loupe of Somers; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at Watkins Funeral Home, 142 East Center St. Manchester.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 at the First Congregational Church of Vernon, 695 Hartford Turnpike (Route 30) in Vernon. Burial with military honors will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Vernon.
A reception will follow at the First Congregational Church of Vernon.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Nov. 23 to Nov. 27, 2013