ROSEWOOD — Chester R. Moore, age 98, of Rosewood, went home to be with his beloved wife of 78 years on Feb. 26, 2014, at 3:15 a.m. at his residence surrounded by his loving family.
Chester was born Feb. 8, 1916, in Shelby County to the Late Joseph Walter and Martha (Connor) Moore. He married the love of his life, Mary Niswonger, April 14, 1934, and she preceded him in death in April 2012.
He is survived by son, Chester Eugene Moore and companion, Susan Guttormsn, of Howard, Ohio; daughter, Shirley and husband, Dale Duke, of Urbana; grandsons, Timothy and Todd Moore, of Marysville; granddaughter, Kay and husband, Kevin Nicol, of Raymond, Ohio; stepgrandson, Cory Duke and family, of Mount Vernon; stepgranddaughter, Erin Duke and family, of Springfield; great-grandsons, Danny, Kyle, Matt, James and Logan; two great-great-grandchildren, Olivia and Gage; mother of grandchildren, Martha Moore, of Marysville; foster grandson, Keith Bradford and family, of Mechanicsburg; foster granddaughter, Pam Merriner and family, of Marysville; many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are sister-in-laws, Juanita Frances, of Petoskey, Mich., and Elizabeth Niswonger, of Piqua.
Eight brothers, four sisters, and one grandson preceded him in death.
Chester had a special love for the land and farmed for many years outside of Rosewood. He was a dairy farmer, raised pigs, sheep and beef cattle. In addition, he was a grain farmer. Chester later went to work for the Ohio Department of Transportation, District 7, as a heavy equipment operator. Upon retirement, he continued to operate heavy equipment for his son's excavating company.
During his early years he enjoyed playing the banjo, fiddle and harmonica, playing for house dances throughout the area. Chester and Mary enjoyed polka and square dancing and spent many Saturday nights of their married life dancing.
Chester, who was always smiling, never knew a stranger. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. His bright eyes and big smile will forever be missed by all who knew him.
A celebration of his life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney, with Rev. Harold McKnight officiating. Burial will be at Pasco Cemetery, Pasco.
Visiting hours for family and friends will be on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Riverside EMS, P. O. Box 2, DeGraff, OH 43318. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
All arrangements are in care of the staff at the Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.theadamsfuneralhome.com.