Chester H. Smith, 89, of 150 E. Hill Road, Covington, passed away peacefully at home in Covington, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.
He was married for 67 years to Louise (Turner) Smith, who survives. Chester was born June 9, 1923, to the late Oscar and Frances (Soper) Smith.
Surviving daughters are Linda (James) Crosby of Lynchburg, Va., Elaine (Thomas) Hazelton of Wellsboro, Barbara Smith (Kathleen Carico) of Covington, Marilyn (Charles) Carlton of Verona, Va.; 16 grandchildren, Scott, Michelle, Shaun, Lindsay, Lauren, and Allison Crosby, Brian, Julie, Matthew, Mark and Amanda Hazelton, Nathan, Jared, Justin, Will and Logan Carlton; and 22 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased in death by his parents; brother, Richard; daughter, Connie Lee Smith; and his sister Marian (Leonard) Ames.
Chet loved spending time with his family while hunting, raising and training horses, making hay for beef cattle, and visiting with friends. He was a skilled mechanic and sold cars for many years. He served in the Army
Air Corps from 1943 until 1945. He was a fighter pilot, trained flight instructor, and 2nd Lieutenant. He worked for Corning Glass and Putnam Oil Company before becoming self-employed.
Calling hours will be Thursday, Dec. 27, at noon at Bakerburg Community Church. Funeral services with full military honors will follow at 1 p.m., with Pastor Dave Dressler officiating. Interment will be at Gray Cemetery and online memories or tributes can be offered at www.buckheitfcandcrematory.com.
The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Bakerburg Community Church or to Guthrie Hospice. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, is assisting the family. To express