Chester Heitschmidt, 83, Prosser, Wash.

     Chester Otto Heitschmidt entered into rest on Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at the age of 83. He was born on Sept. 14, 1916, in Portland, Ore., to Otto Louis and Carrie Flanders Heitschmidt. Chester attended school in Yakima and had lived in the Mabton area before joining the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served during World War II and was stationed in New Guinea in the South Pacific.
     Chester married Willa Friedrich on Dec. 21, 1945, in Yakima. They moved to Clarkston in 1950 and he worked for Potlatch Corp. as a pipe fitter. He retired in 1978 and shortly thereafter moved to Pasco. In 1984, they moved to the lower valley, making Benton City, Wash., their home and then moved to Prosser, Wash., two years ago.
     Chester enjoyed rock collecting and polishing, lapidary work, traveling and camping.
     Chester is survived by his wife, Willa, of Prosser; his sons, Dan Heitschmidt of Lewiston, John Heitschmidt and his wife Sheryl of Everett, Wash.; his daughter, Joan Cooper and her husband Donald of Goldendale, Wash. He also is survived by his grandchildren, Darren Heitschmidt and his wife Geannie and Todd, Karl and Corey Heitschmidt and great-granddaughters, Kellie, Madison and Karlee Heitschmidt.
     A graveside military service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston.
     The family suggests memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
     Arrangements entrusted to the care of Meyer Funeral Home, Prosser.

Lewiston Tribune, Saturday, June 10, 2000
Transcribed by Kerry Kasza

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