Robert W. Chester, Sr.
Robert Wiley Chester, Sr. of Cape Coral, Florida died peacefully in Port Charlotte, Florida on 27 Oct. 2018 at the age of 91.
Robert was born on 2 Aug. 1927 in Chicago Illinois. He graduated from Sam Houston High School in Houston, Texas, class of 1944. He graduated from University of Houston class of 1959 with a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Arts Management and graduated from the University of Houston class of 1963 with a Master of Business Administration.
Robert served honorably with United States Marine Corps during World War II. He served in the Mediterranean and China Theater from1945-1947 on the USS Princeton (CV-37). He was part of the escort for Philippines President Manuel Quezon on the USS Princeton (CV-37) in July 1946. Robert was called back to duty during the Korean War in July 1950. Landing in Inchon Korea, his unit was forward deployed to the Chosen Reservoir. Wounded in December 1950 during the Retrograde from Chongjin-up, Hamgyong-namdo, North Korea.
Robert spent a lifetime in the printing and lithographic field, beginning at age 16 in Houston, Texas for the war department. He then assisted in the print shop aboard the USS Princeton (CV-37) between the years 1945-1947. When he returned to civilian life, he continued his career in the printing industry at Ridgeway, Shell Research and Development, Malnove, and General Dynamics, before starting his own printing businesses which he ran successfully for many years.
Robert was a devoted Catholic, converting to Catholicism in 1975. He supported and was involved with numerous Catholic charities and Pro-Life organizations. He was known for his generosity for providing printing for Mother Teresa in Calcutta India, whom he had tremendous respect and admiration for. He was also a member of both the Knights of Columbus and the Lions Club. An avid patriot throughout his life, Robert supported the Constitution and diligently voted in every election.
He is survived by his three siblings, ten children, thirty-nine grandchildren, and eighteen great grandchildren:
Siblings: Louva Caroline Cathy Carra of Durango, Colorado, Arthur Nobel Chester and wife Nola of Grosse Point, Michigan, and David Theodore Chester of Arlington, Virginia.
Children: Judith Ann Rose and her husband David Rose of Houston, Texas, Robert Wiley Chester Jr. and his wife Renee of Phoenix, Arizona, Charles Arthur Chester and his wife Anne of Fort Meade, Maryland, David Ray Chester and his wife Mellissa of Seattle, Washington, Mackency Albert Chester and his wife Debora of Boise, Idaho, Chelsea Margaret Hebert of Cape Coral, Florida, Theodore Alfred Chester and his wife Jamie of Boise, Idaho, Jeffrey Michael Chester of San Diego, California, Benjamin Franklin Chester and his wife Yoshiko of Yokosuka, Japan, as well as Abigail Anne Augusta Hibbetts and her husband Brian Hibbetts of Farmington, New Mexico
Robert is preceded in death by his father, Arthur Malbridge Chester Sr. of Sarasota, Florida, mother, Martha Augusta Schwendt of Modesto, California; brother, Arthur Malbridge Chester, Jr. of Houston, Texas; as well as a grandson, Nicholas Jan Chester of Seattle, Washington.
The family will receive friends for a time of visitation from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (Rosary/Wake Service at 6:00 PM) at Carter-Conley Funeral Home, 13701 Corpus Christi Street, Houston, Texas 77015. (Funeral Home phone #)713-455-5100.
A Funeral Mass will be held 11:30 AM on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at St. John Nuemann Catholic Church, 2730 Nelwood Drive, Houston, Texas, 77038 with Father Clair Antonio Orso officiating. (Church phone # 281-931-0684)
Committal Services with Military Honors will be held 1:00 PM on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston Texas 77038. (Cemetery phone # 281-447-8686)
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Mother Teresa Foundation. https://motherteresafoundation.org/youcanhelp/
Our family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes for Robert.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.