James Wesley Chester
Luzerne, PA
James Wesley Chester, 80, of Trucksville passed away Thursday in Kindred Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.

Born April 11, 1932 in Aliquippa, son of the late Henry and Bertha (Cunningham) Chester. He was a graduate of Penn State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. James was the north east regional director of the Pennsylvania Deptartment of Environmental Protection.

During his time as regional director, he was involved in three important projects, the clean up of the Agnes Flood, the Butler Mine Tunnel and the giardia water infestation.

He operated an environmental service company specializing in remediation services. He served on the boards of Family Services, the Joint Community Relations Group and as chairman of the Wyoming Valley Human Service Commission.

He was a member of Interested Adults, African American Committee, board of directors for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Conservancy Executive Committee, Northeastern Network Inc., and founder and president of the Institute for African American National Heritage. He had a passion for music and played guitar for many years with the BB Kays Expedition.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Raymond.

He is survived by his wife, the former E. Ann Clark; children, J. Daryll Chester, Trucksville; Stephanie S. Chester, Dallas; Mark W. Chester, Nanticoke; grandchildren, Ryan, Noelle and Elijah; brother, Bennie Bell, Philadelphia.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Betz-Jastremski Funeral Home Inc., 568 Bennett St., Luzerne with the Rev. Ann Marie Acacio officiating.

Friends may call from 6 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Lung Association. To light a virtual candle or leave a message of condolence for his family, please visit www.betzjastremski.com.
Published by Citizens Voice from Apr. 21 to Apr. 22, 2012.
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Never to be forgotten. I think of you often, Jim.
Fran Festa
April 15, 2020
Continually Rest In Peace
Karen Lewis
April 17, 2019
Mark, I am so sorry for your loss. I wish you comfort during your time of sorrow. Know that you are thought of and prayed for. (((hugs)))
Lisa Vitale
April 25, 2012
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
howard bradford
April 25, 2012
Deepest sympathies to you and yours.
April 25, 2012
Mark, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Susan Jordan (Colleen's Mom).
April 25, 2012
Ann and family:
I will be thinking of you in missing dear Jim, husband, father, friend. Out of sight? Yes. Out of mind? Never. We share the nearness of him in our hearts - he was a special soul and touched us all.
God Bless,
Priscilla Gardner
April 24, 2012
Dearest family of James W Chester, our thoughts an prayers to you all at this time. I am sad for his passing, but happy a great man was called to heaven above? I'm proud to have met such a knowledgable man with such a great happiness, an his laugh was addicting as well as his life's stories. Coach MJ Evans & Family
Martin J Evans
April 24, 2012
Stephanie, My thoughts and prayers are with in this time of need.
Debbie Horoschock
April 24, 2012
May the Lord our God continue to grant you and the family Peace in the mists of your storm..
Karen Robinson-Lewis
April 23, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this time of loss. God's blessings.
Pamela Genske
April 23, 2012
Uncle Jim had a way of mentoring in a most subtle manner. His passion and light lives on in the love of him family. A. Robinson (Toronto, Canada)
April 23, 2012
Our Sincere condolences go out to the Chester Family. May God be with you in your time of need.

The Bordleys
Norma Bordley Thomas
April 23, 2012
Our condolences to the family
Dr. Almeky and staff
April 22, 2012
Jim, rest in peace. You were a beautiful soul and I am grateful I had the pleasure to know you and honored to have made some amazing music with you. Thanks for all that you taught me.
Fran Festa
April 21, 2012
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