Chester Rexford

Chester M. Chet Rexford, 97, died early Tuesday morning, Dec. 9, 2014, at the Meade District Hospital in Meade.

He was born Feb. 17, 1917, in rural Meade County to Theron E. and Mae (Waters) Rexford.

He attended Meade High School, graduating in 1934. After graduation, he began a career in farming and served as a civil aviation flight instructor during World War II in Albuquerque, N.M.

He married Izola Nadene Dowell at Ness City on June 14, 1938. She preceded him in death.

Also preceding him were a son, Ray Rexford; a brother, Alva E. Rexford; and a sister, Lois Johnson.

Survivors include a daughter, Wilda Beth Acoya of Santa Fe, N.M.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home to sight the guest register. The casket will remain closed. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade. Burial follows in the Graceland Cemetery, Meade.

The family would welcome memorials to the United Methodist Church or the Meade District Hospital in care of the funeral home. Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com.