Shelby  County,  Indiana


Friday February 26, 2010
          Warren Lytle Chesser, age 95, passed away this morning in Alamo, California.  After the death of his wife  Edythe Kathryn (Brooks) Chesser  July 24, 2005 in Noblesville, Indiana, he had resided with daughter and son-in-law  Perminder and  Janet (Chesser) Singh.  Born May 3, 1914 in Shelbyville, Indiana, he was the older brother of  Francis W. "Fritz" Chesser  who passed away Jul 08, 1988, and a son of  William and Lottie (Nail) Taylor Chesser  who preceded him in death.  His half-sister  Ruth Lillian (Taylor) Bledsoe  also preceded him in death March 28, 2006 at age 102.  He was a veteran of W.W.II and the U.S. Navy and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars . Involved in the banking industry, he had lived at Manilla in Rush County, Indiana, and at Noblesville for most of his life.  He served as Executive Vice President of The Wainwright Bank and Trust, retiring from that position.  He was a member of the York Rite Masonic Order, the American Legion, the Elks, Kiwanis, and Rotary.  He was a member of the Nail-Ray Association and an active participant at Conner Prairie Farm for a number of years.  Besides daughter Janet and adult grandchildren  Kiran and Ranjeet Singh, he leaves behind a son  William W. "Bill" Chesser  and wife  Glenda;  grandson  Michael Warren  and wife  Wendy (Dant) Chesser,  and great-granddaughter  Joslyn Rae;  granddaughter  Elizabeth "Betsy" (Chesser) Russell, and husband  Dale,  great-granddaughter  Amee Louise Scott;  and the mother of  Mike  and  Betsy,  Brenda L. (Jessup) Chesser.  Mr. Chesser was also the paternal uncle of  Kerry F. Chesser (Patsy)  of Kailua, Hawaii,  John W. Chesser (Linda)  of Bloomington, Indiana,  and  Kathryn L. (Chesser) Schmucker (Greg)  of Shelbyville, Indiana.  After cremation, his remains will be interred at a later date next to his wife's at Manilla Cemetery in Rush County, Indiana.
Written and Submitted by Linda Read Chesser

The  Kokomo  Tribune
January 28, 1953
Page 9
Jeffersonville, Ind.----
          Ralph Cheshire,  51, editor of  The Evening News  and  The Clark County Journal,  died Tuesday night of pneumonia.  He had been ill a week.  He had been connected with the News, an afternoon daily and the Journal, a weekly for two years.  He started his newspaper career at the age of 13 with  The Shelbyville Democrat.  He was a reporter on  The Indianapolis News  for 10 years and publicity director for the Indiana Democratic State Committee about two years.  He was news editor of radio station WSRK at Shelbyville before he came to Jeffersonville.  Cheshire is survived by his widow,  Mrs. Ellsabeth Meloy Cheshire;  a daughter,  Libby Ann  and his parents,  Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Cheshire  of Shelbyville.  His body will be taken to Shelbyville for funeral services and burial.
Contributed by Janet McColley Franklin

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday, January 13, 1944
          William Chesser,  age 72, custodian of the First Methodist Church and the Methodist building in this city for the past 15 years, died at 11:30 a.m. Friday at his home at 110 west Locust St.  He had been in failing health for some time and his condition had been serious for the past four weeks.  Death was due to a heart ailment.
          He was born on June 22, 1871, in Marietta, the son of  George and  Lucinda Chesser.  On June 25, 1911, he was married to  Mrs. Lottie Nail Taylor,  who survives with two sons,  Warren L. Chesser,  stationed in the Hawaiian Islands with the U. S. Navy, and  Francis W. Chesser,  at Salem, Ore., with the U. S. Army; one step-daughter,  Mrs. Ruth Bingaman,  of Tacoma, Wash.; one sister,  Mrs. Icephene Roth,  of Indianapolis; one half-sister,  Mrs. George Critser  of this city, and two grandchildren.  Mr. Chesser was a lifelong resident of Shelby county.  He was a memeber of the First Methodist Church and the local Eagles lodge.
          Funeral services will be held at the Ewing mortuary Monday at 10:30 a.m. with Dr. J. W. McFall officiating.  Burial will be made in Forest Hill cemetery.  Friends may call at the mortuary from noon today until the hour of the service.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Indianapolis  Star
July 1, 1915
Page 7  Column 4
          SHELBYVILLE, Ind., June 30. -- Irma Chesser, 17 years old, committed suicide today by drinking poison, and it is believed the act was prompted by her inability to advance in school as fast as her friends.  She left a note telling her father she was tired of living.  Her stepmother, Mrs. William Chesser, found her unconscious on returning from a shopping trip.  Half an hour before that the girl had been chatting good-naturedly with neighbors.
Contributed by Virginia Latta Curulla

A  Shelbyville  Newspaper
Saturday, October 13, 1906
William Chesser Dead.
          William H. Chesser  died at his late home in Washington township at 12:30 a.m. Monday, October 15, aged sixty-nine years.  He was married to  Margaret Clark,  October 3, 1861, who, with their three sons and three daughters, survive him.  They are  Marshall,  Omer and  George Chesser,  Misses Lillie and  Pearl Chesser  and  Mrs. Minnie Fately.  Services will be held at the house at 10 o'clock a.m. Wednesday.  Interment in the Patterson cemetery in charge of John While, with Edwards & Hageman. Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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