Westmoreland- Lester M. Chickering, 91 a former resident of Pond Brook Road and a native of West Chesterfield died Sunday afternoon, October 22, 2017 at Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmorland.
He was born at home in West Chesterfield on January 2, 1926 the son of Louis and Ida (Bennett) Chickering. He attended Kurn Hattin School in Westminster, Vermont and was a graduate of Brattleboro High School. He later attended Keene State College majoring in Power Engineering where he received his 4’Th and 3’Rd class diploma.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged from active service in 1945. He reenlisted in 1949 serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War receiving a second honorable discharge at the rank of Staff Sergeant in 1953.
Mr. Chickering had been employed as a mechanic at Timken Super Precision in Keene retiring in 1998 following 44 faithful years with the company. He also worked at the former American Optical Company in Brattleboro for 13 years and at Pittsburg Plate Glass in Keene.
He was a member of the American Legion, Brattleboro Post #5, V.F.W. Carl M. Dessaint Post #1034 and held membership in the F.O. Eagles, Brattleboro Aerie #2445.
Active civically, Mr. Chickering was a member of both the Chesterfield and West Chesterfield Fire Department for 44 years serving as captain. He also served as constable for the town of Chesterfield for many years.
A man of faith, he was a communicant of the former Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Chesterfield.
On November 15, 1942 at Saint Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Brattleboro he was married to Edythe L. Giroux who predeceased him.
Survivors include two daughters, Marcia Knuepfer of Hinsdale and Diana MacLeod of Chesterfield, seven grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren two great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside committal services with full military honors will be conducted Monday at 11:00 A.M. in the Chesterfield West Cemetery on Poor Road. Calling hours are Sunday from 4 to 6 P.M. at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home 40 Terrace Street, Brattleboro.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to, Maplewood Nursing Home Activities Fund, 201 River Road, Westmoreland, NH 03467.