Percy Raymond Chesley

The funeral service for Percy Raymond Chesley, 90, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 19, at Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State St. (Route 38), Geneva, with the Rev. Rob Hamilton officiating. David Chesley, Adam Chesley, Benjamin Chesley, Mark Chesley, Douglas Williams, Andrew Wise, Thomas Wise and Alberto Principe will serve as pall bearers. Burial will follow at River Hills Cemetery in Batavia.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Malone Funeral Home in Geneva.

Born Aug. 30, 1922, in Lee Center, the son of Benjamin Franklin and Minnie Louise (nee Ebert) Chesley, he went home to the Lord on Tuesday, July 16, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He married Doris J. Thomas at United Methodist Church of Geneva on Dec. 21, 1945, and they lovingly raised five children.
Percy served his country with honor from 1942 to 1945 in the armed forces during World War II, overseas in Europe and North Africa. Upon arrival home, he met the woman who would become everything he adored: his wife of nearly 64 years, Doris.
Percy and Doris were inseparable and volunteered much time and energy at the Batavia Moose Lodge. Percy was able to continue to visit his "gang" on Friday nights at the Moose. He also enjoyed every moment with friends and family.

Percy provided for his family while employed at Ben & Lou's Garage as a mechanic from 1945 to 1971. He then became employed by the city of Geneva and retired as the superintendent of streets and walks in 1986.

Upon the loss of his beloved wife, Percy spent weeks at a time in Texas enjoying and adoring the love of Doris' siblings, nieces and nephews. Percy was a friend to all, always providing a nod and smile, opening his heart and home to company. He had not only a full and generous, but also an extremely remarkable, life. To know him was truly to love him.

Percy was a member of American Legion Post 75, VFW Post 1197 and Moose Lodge #682.

He is survived by five children, Steven Ray (Rita) Chesley of Yardley, Pa., Kevin Lee (Kathy) Chesley of Batavia, Doreen Sue (John) Williams of Geneva, Ruthanne Chesley of Geneva and Heather Marie (Michael) Wise of Geneva; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister, Clara Burke; three sisters-in-law, Fern Holt, Joy (Louis) Pevateaux and Marie Bullock; three brothers-in-law, Joe (Lynn) Thomas, Dale (Mary) Thomas and Jimmy Thomas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris; his parents; four brothers, Benjamin, George, Charles and Lawrence; and two sisters, Pearl and Hazel.

Memorials to the , 8430 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631, or Vitas Hospice, 580 Waters Edge, Suite 100, Lombard, IL 60148, would be appreciated.

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Funeral Home

Malone Funeral Home
324 East State Street Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 232-8233
Published in Kane County Chronicle on July 17, 2013