BRANDON — Chester Watters, 87, of Sun City Center, Fla., and a former resident of Brandon, passed away on October 17, 2012.
He was born on November 3, 1924, in Brandon. He was the son of Euclid S. and Ruth (Churchill) Watters. After graduating from Brandon High School in 1942, he entered military service with the U.S. Army’s Elite Ranger Battalion and was transferred to the 104th Timberwolf Division in the European Theatre, where he fought with great courage, receiving two Bronze Stars for heroic acts and consistently going above and beyond the call of duty. Six months after honorable discharge, he married Joyce Ann Black, on June 1, 1946, with whom he shared 66 wonderful years.
In 1948, he began working for the U.S. Post Office in Brandon, retiring in 1981 after 33 years of service. He and Joyce traveled extensively throughout the United States before settling in Sun City Center.
Chet was actively involved in various branches of Masonry, including Shrine, Scottish Rites, Red Cross of Constantine, Royal Order of Jesters, Past Worthy Patron of Eastern Star, and achieving status of Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of Vermont. He also was active in his local town and church affairs.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce; two sons, David of Windham, Maine, Donald (Julie) of Bristol, Vermont; two daughters, Linda (Benedict) Dolan of Claremont, New Hampshire, and Sue Ann Watters of Goshen, Vermont. Two grandchildren, Amanda Ewell and Jason Watters, five great-grandchildren, Aiden and Avery Ewell, Hayley, Mackensie and Jayden Watters, also survive him. He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Beverley Watters.
The memorial service in “Celebration of His Life” will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012, at 2 p.m., at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. The graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, will follow the ceremony, in the family lot, in Forestdale Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made, in his memory, to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104; or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon.