Chester H. Walter

Jan. 17, 1926 Nov. 3, 2013

Chester Harry Walter, 87, James Creek, Huntingdon County, formerly of East Freedom, passed away Sunday morning at his residence, after an extended illness.

He was born in East Freedom, son of the late David and Ethel (Glass) Walter. He married S. Joyce Deffibaugh on July 19, 1947, in Winchester, Va.

Surviving are his beloved wife of more than 66 years; three sons: Barry and wife, Linda, of Chambersburg, Ronald and wife, Shirley, of Reedsville and James and wife, Tonya, of Martinsburg; six grandchildren: Sherri, Jason, J. R., Crystal, Erin and Emily; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Adam; and a sister, Margaret Samuels.

Chester was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II from 1944-46, serving aboard the USS Yokes and the USS Blessman, attaining the rank of Ship’s Cook Third Class.

Chester retired as a carpenter from Albarano Construction, Duncansville, with more than 30 years of service, where he was the first recipient of the Associated Builders of Pennsylvania’s Craftsmanship Award in 1987. After his retirement, he and his wife moved from East Freedom to Raystown Lake, into the cottage that he and his sons had built.

Chester was affiliated with St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, James Creek, and a member of the Duncansville V.F.W. Post 8724.

He and his wife enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling together in their motor home, having spent the winter months in Bushnell, Fla., for many years after retirement.

Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at John C. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, with Pastor Douglas Satterlee officiating. Interment, with military flag honors accorded by Blair County Veterans Honor Guard, will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg.