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Chester P. "Klier the Flier" Klier

Klier, Chester P. Klier the Flier on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 at the age of 91 after a short illness, preceded in death by his parents Paul and Helenbelle (Remlinger) Klier, his loving wife of 66 years, Violet Klier (nee Zarella). Beloved father and father-in-law of Ronald (Marilee) and Dennis Klier; loving grandfather of Ronald (Katie), Paul (Michaelenne) Klier, and Kristin Klier; great grandfather of Ethan, Brennan and Anthony Klier. Chester was born in St Paul MN in 1922, and joined the Army Air Corps when WW ll broke out, being assigned to the 386th Bomb Group as a flight engineer and top turret gunner in a B-26 bomber and was based in England. He flew 66 missions (almost 3 tours), shot down a German fighter, and was awarded the Purple Heart, 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, Eleven Air Medals, a European Theater of Operations Medal with 2 battle stars, and a Unit Citation. After the war he began a long career as a design engineer, working on our manned Apollo moon rocket, and various fighter jets and defense projects, retiring from McDonnell Douglas. He became the unit historian for the 386th Bomb Group, remained an active pilot for decades, and built two home built aircraft with the Experimental Aircraft Association. His passion was flying and aviation in general and he remained active in writing the history of his bomb group until his recent death. Services: Procession from Hutchens Mortuary & Cremation Center, 675 Graham Rd., Florissant, 8:45 a.m. Friday, March 7th to St. Rose Phillippine Duchesne Catholic Church, 2650 Parker Rd for 9:30 a.m. Mass. Interment with honors at National Cemetery, Jefferson Barracks, MO. Visitation 4-9 p.m. Thursday. Online guestbook at www.hutchensmortuary.com

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Hutchens Mortuary
675 Graham Road Florissant, MO 63031
(314) 831-3100

Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Mar. 4, 2014
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