Farming Rural 17

Glenn Franklin Chester

April 30, 2022


Glenn Franklin Chester, of Chillicothe, Ohio passed away April 30, 2022 at his residence.

He was born January 24, 1932 to Eleanor and Ernest Chester.

     On October 12, 1979 he married Cathy Ann Riley and spent 42 loving years together. Glenn has a daughter, Christy Lee Mallow, Chillicothe, OH.; a son, Casey Edwin (Carol) Chester; and a stepdaughter, Mandy Michelle (Frank) Quinn, Circleville, OH.  Grandchildren Donald Brady Mallow, Sacramento, California; Jeffrey Chester, Orlando Florida; Isobel Quinn, Circleville, OH and Glenn’s feline friend “Big Chow.”

     Glenn graduated in 1950 from Centralia High School.  He received many athletic awards in basketball and track during his high school years. In 2013 he was inducted into the Zane Trace Athletic Hall of Fame.

     He had a very strong work ethic all his life.  In the summers he sold encyclopedias door to door as well as working for Vandecamp Asphalt, Mead, AAA and on the farm. He had a love for fast pitch and played on River Oil as well as slow pitch for Trinity Church league.

     After graduating from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s in Education and a Master’s in Administration, he taught in Westfall School District. Then he became principal in Marion City Schools, Southwestern Schools, Williamsport (Westfall), Chillicothe City Schools (Central Elementary).  In 1986 Central Elementary was selected as one of the top 10 schools in Ohio. He always had an interest & love for politics and was elected Green Township Clerk and Trustee. He would go on to receive the Republican of the Year award & Clark Alexander Award.

      After leaving politics, he was hired at the Ross-Pike Educational Service Center as an attendance officer for Ross County & Chillicothe City Schools where he served families and students in teaching the importance of staying in school & acquiring an education.

     Glenn loved people and enjoyed telling stories (some true, some over exaggerated). He was very proud of his grandchildren Brady, Jeffrey & Isobel and would always bring them up in his conversations at his local coffee club at Tim Horton’s. His spare time would be spent working on the farm & bailing hay with local Zane Trace boys, his close friend, Don Neff and his son & grandsons; then on weekends he and his wife would enjoy going to auctions and antique shows.

    He was a member of our local Kiwanis Club, Sertoma, Trinity Church/Brotherhood, & a 58-year member of Masonic Heber Lodge #501 in Williamsport, OH.

     He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Glenn left this earth a better place due to the many lives he touched over the years in education and friendships throughout his life.  Donations may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church or Glenn Chester Memorial Fund c/o Zane Trace Local School District, 946 St. Rt. 180, Chillicothe, OH 45601.

     Calling hours will be Saturday, May 7th from 11-1 p.m. with the funeral at 1 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 24 S. Mulberry St., Chillicothe with Pastor Euggle Robertson and Pastor Tad Grover officiating.  Burial will follow at Hallsville Cemetery. A bereavement dinner will follow at Trinity Church.  Services are under the direction of WARE FUNERAL HOME.

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