Robert C. "Bob" Chester (1937 - 2017)

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Robert C. "Bob" Chester, 80, passed away Dec. 2, 2017.

Bob was born Oct. 7, 1937, in his family home in Seneca, Mo., to Ernst "Bud" Chester and Wilma Chester, the younger of their two sons.

After graduating from Seneca High School, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He served as a Flight Engineer Technician at multiple duty stations, including the Military Airlift Command (MAC) where he flew on the C-141 aircraft. Bob also served during the Vietnam War.

In 1976, Bob retired from the U.S. Air Force as a master sergeant, having proudly served this country for more than 20 years.

Following his retirement from military service, Bob both flew planes commercially and taught Marine Mechanics at the Florida Institute of Technology.

In 1997, Bob relocated to Dunnellon and married Patricia Fowler. Together, they were the proud parents of seven children in their blended family.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Wilma Chester, older brother, Walter Chester, nephew, Larry Chester; and, in 2014, by his wife, Patricia Chester.

He is survived by his three children: Relena Petters of Ocala; Dr. Stephen Chester (Bobbi) of Lynchburg, Va., their children, Ethan, Cale and Lauren; Shelby Boston (Gus) of Paradise, Calif., their children, Colby and Zack; four stepchildren, Jan Fowler (Mike) of Dunnellon; Michele Roberts (Wayne), also of Dunnellon; their children, Melodie (Buzzy), Michael (Heather) and Rooster (Olivia); David Fowler (Cheri) of Jensen Beach, their children, Alex and Katie; and Scott Fowler (Cathy) of Palm City, their children, Tim and Liz; also great-grandchildren Cameron, Ethan, Gunnar, Hannah, Natalie and Abigail.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at The Loft, corner of County Road 488 and County Road 495 in Dunnellon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local VFW post.
Published in Riverland News on Jan. 25, 2018
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