Chester Wishon

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Daily Press
August 3, 2012


Chester Edward Wishon, of Hampton, 79, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Alice Quinn Wishon; his son, Chester Eric Wishon, Eric’s wife Vicki; his sister-in-law, Pat Quinn and his niece and nephew, Wendy and Chip Quinn.

Chet was a member of Monitor Masonic Lodge and Wallace Memorial United Methodist Church where he enjoyed being a member of the church choir and taught the Men’s Bible Class for many years. Chet came to the Hampton area in the 1950s during his enlistment in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Monroe and the Nike Missile sites in the Fox Hill area of Hampton. While stationed at the Nike Site, he met Alice and enjoyed dates with her at the Fox Hill Soda Shop and the Buckroe Beach amusement park.

One of 10 children, Chet is also survived by his brothers, Bud Wishon (Opal), Arnold; and sisters, Leeta Dingus (Red), Patricia Baier (John), Loretta Wishon, and Marietta Burtis (Spencer), all of Garden City, Kan., and surrounding areas.

Chet retired from Newport News Shipbuilding in 1993 after 33 years of service primarily in the electricians department. Chet was a loving husband and understanding father. He enjoyed church activities, working in his garden, fishing, and taking long walks around the neighborhood with Alice. The family would like to express its heartfelt thanks and appreciation to friends and family members who accompanied Alice on her regular trips to visit with Chet, and especially for the care Chet received from the staffs of Sunrise House in Hampton, the memory care unit at the Walter Reed Convalescent Center in Gloucester, and Riverside Hospice.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at Wallace Memorial United Methodist Church by the Rev. Kevin Steffano with interment to follow in Clark Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, Downtown Hampton.

Memorials and remembrances may be sent to Wallace Memorial United Methodist Church, 6 Johnson Road, Hampton, 23664, or the Clark Cemetery Association, 6 Riding Path Lane, Hampton, VA 23669.

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