Chester B. Wagoner, 100, of Springfield, WV passed away Wednesday, March 21st at the WV Veterans Nursing Facility in Clarksburg, WV. Born in Springfield, May 4, 1917, he was the son of the late Walter S. and Della A. (Wagoner) Wagoner.
Besides his parents, Chester is preceded in death by his wife, Virginia (Lynch) Wagoner (d. November 28, 1978). His three brothers; Raymond, Elmer, and Walter Wagoner; and his sister, Blanch Adams.
Chester is survived by three sons; Gary L. Wagoner and wife Lois of Romney, WV, David M. Wagoner and wife Mary of Denver, CO, and Edward J. Wagoner of Frankfort, KY. Nine grandchildren; Shelley Idleman and husband Tim, Kimberly Malak and husband Miles, Sr., David Wagoner, Jonathan Wagoner and wife Regina, Christopher Wagoner, Bradley Wagoner, Julie Wagoner, Michael Wagoner, and Kathryn Wagoner. Ten great grandchildren; Briana Idleman, Mariah Barker and husband Brandon, Christopher Idleman and wife Katie, Denzel Wagoner and wife Selena, Miles Malak, Jr., Mary Costello, Jacob Costello, Andrew Malak, Chandler Wagoner, and Madison Wagoner. A great-great grandson, Elijah Wagoner. Chester is also survived by his niece, Elanor Lynch; two nephews, George and Ronald Seeders; as well as numerous cousins.
Chester was born and raised in Springfield. He attended Hampshire Co. schools and was the last surviving member of the 1936 graduating class at Romney High School. In 1941 he enlisted in the US Army during WWII and saw combat in the Pacific Theater Islands as a heavy machine gun operator. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
Chester was a member of the Springfield United Methodist Church where he served on the Board of Trustees as well as treasurer. He was the last surviving Charter Member of the Springfield Ruritan Club and served many years on the Hampshire Co. Fair Board. Many may remember Chester from serving ice cream at the fair. From 1964 to 1993 he never missed working the ice cream stand. Chester also took care of the Springfield Park. He could often be found planting flowers and pulling weeds.
Chester served on the board for Hampshire Co. Committee on Aging. He enjoyed their meals and fellowship at the Springfield Senior Center and up until recently, rarely missed a meal. Chester has received some notable awards in his time. Most notably is the National Ruritan Tom Downey Award. This award is the highest national award given through the Ruritan for community service. He also received the Hampshire Co. Senior Citizen Award given by the Hampshire Co. Commission.
Friends will be received Monday, March 26, 2018 from 6:00 PM till 8:00 PM at Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM, with friends being received at 10:00 AM, at the Springfield United Methodist Church in Springfield with Pastor Kenneth D. Caplinger officiating. Interment will follow at Springfield Hill Cemetery with military honors accorded by the US Army Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Springfield United Methodist Church ~ 60 Vine St. ~ Springfield, WV 26763 / Springfield Ruritan ~ 140 Green Spring Valley Rd. ~ Springfield, WV 26763 / Springfield Senior Center ~ PO Box 41 ~ Springfield, WV 26763
Please direct inquiries to Shaffer Funeral Home, 304.822.3511