December 1, 2011

CHESTER B. ST. CLAIR
(10/21/1923 - 11/22/2011)



Chester B. St. Clair, age 88, of Kahoka, MO, died Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at the Clark Co. Nursing Home in Kahoka.

Chester was born October 21, 1923 in Clark County, a son of Elmer and Ona Craig St. Clair. He married Virginia Bevans on October 17, 1942 in Kahoka. They had recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary. They lived on the century-old farm south of Wyaconda for 60 plus years before moving to Kahoka.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia, of Kahoka, MO; one son, Albert (Louise) St. Clair of Wyaconda, MO; four daughters: Zola (Mrs. Ron) Starkey of Burlington, IA, Nancy (Mrs. Gary) Webster of Wyaconda, MO, Geneva (Mrs. Larry) Tinkle of Memphis, MO, and Terry (Mrs. Kevin) Kerr of Arbela, MO; eleven grandchildren: Carla (Mrs. Steffan) Jacobs of Omaha, AR, Heather (Mrs. Jason) Ayer of Verona, MO, Melanie (Mrs. Brian) Danielson of Rockford, IL, Bonnie (Mrs. Mike) Pierson of Burlington, IA, Tammy (Mrs. Brian) Starkey-Hopkins of West Burlington, IA, Patrick (Roberta) Webster of Kahoka, MO, Rachel (Mrs. Aaron) Small of Wyaconda, MO, Roger Tinkle of Memphis, MO, Robert (Jennifer) Tinkle of Memphis, MO; Elana (Mrs. Danny) Liu of Coralville, IA, Brandon Kerr of Ottumwa, IA and friend, Ashley Wallingford; step-grandchildren, Jennifer and Derek Manchester and Michael and Cara Romore, all of Memphis, MO; 31 great-grandchildren; a brother, Noel Wayne (Juanita) St. Clair of Canton, MO; sisters-in-law, Betty St. Clair of Kahoka, MO, Margaret Briscoe of Gladstone, IL and Betty Sawyer of Kahoka, MO; an aunt, Opal Priebe of Kahoka, MO; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Francis St. Clair; two grandsons, Emmett St. Clair and one in infancy; and two brothers, Virgil and Kenneth St. Clair.

Chester graduated from Williamstown High School. He farmed his entire life and always worked hard to provide a living for his family. He took great pride in their land and Angus cattle herd. He was a long-time member of the Wyaconda Lions Club and former school board member. He loved to trap, fish, hunt and go 4-wheeling with the grandkids. He always enjoyed playing cards with friends and family, and after moving to Kahoka, he continued the tradition at the Clark Co. Senior Center.

On August 29, 1943 he joined the Ballard Baptist Church (now South Wyaconda Baptist Church) and on July 11, 1954, became a deacon. He served as Sunday School superintendent for many years. His faith and his family were dear to him.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Pastor Basil Bevans officiating. Mrs. Louise St. Clair was pianist with congregational hymn "When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder"..

Honorary pallbearers were Steffan Jacobs, Brian Danielson, Brian Hopkins, Aaron Small, Roger Tinkle and Danny Liu.

Pallbearers were Patrick Webster, Jason Ayer, Robert Tinkle, Brandon Kerr, Lucas Metcalf, and Mike Pierson.

Burial was in the Ballard Cemetery.

Memorials were suggested to the Ballard Cemetery or the Clark Co. Senior Center.

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