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Chester H. Gelbert


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Chester H. Gelbert

AGE: 89 • Christiansburg, VA

Chester H. Gelbert passed away on August 14, 2016 in the fourth day of his 90th year in Christiansburg, Virginia. Chet was born on August 10, 1927 in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of the late Bernard and Ruth Savitz Gelbert. He graduated from the Boston Latin School and after serving in the United States Navy returned home to take his degree in chemical engineering from Northeastern University.

Chet began a nearly four-decade career with the DuPont Company in Louisville, KY before moving to Wilmington to work in the Elastomers Division developing commercial uses for neoprene latex. In retirement Chet could be found on the golf course every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, working to turn an ornery slice into an obedient fade. He was never, however, able to solve the mysteries of putting. An avid woodworker, stamp and coin collector, Chet was a longtime member of the Dover Stamp Club. Throughout his life he loved planning trips and traveling, always with his camera at the ready.

Chet is survived by his wife Lois, his two sons Craig (Shelley) and Doug, grandchildren Alaina and Wade, and great-granddaughter Audrey. He is also survived by his sister Shirley Venet (Phil) of Hyannis, MA.

Memorial contributions suggested to CASA of the New River Valley, 205 W. Main St. #4, Christiansburg, VA 24073, http://www.nrv cares.org.
Published in The News Journal on Aug. 16, 2016
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