Chester A. Persinger, Jr., age 68 years, a resident of Cypress, passed away Saturday evening, October 3, 2015, at 6:41 p.m. at his home. Chester’s passing was a result of the cancer he contracted due to his exposure to the chemical Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.
Chester was born July 16, 1947 in Aurora, Illinois. He was the son of Chester A. Persinger, Sr. and Mary (Marks) Persinger.
On June 14, 1968, Chester was united in marriage to Christine Vestal in West Terre Haute, Indiana. She survives.
Other survivors include: his children – Angela (David) Fiser of Ledbetter, Kentucky, Loveta (Tommy) Mullins of Cypress and Chester “B.J.” (Christina) Persinger of Cypress; 8 grandchildren – Ryan, Krystal, Braydon, Conner, Ben, Austin, Alicia, and Will; 4 great grandchildren – Ethan, Izzy, Liam, Tucker; 3 brothers – Chuck Persinger of Rockville, Indiana, Timothy Persinger of Somerset, Kentucky, and Carl Persinger of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; & 2 sisters – Carol Hayne and Nancy Isham both of Carlisle, Indiana.
In addition to his parents, Chester was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Leah Etta Lynn Persinger.
Chester was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He served from April 1965 until September 1970 and was honorably discharged with the rank of E-4. Chester was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans Post # 71 in Marion.
Chester was employed as an automotive mechanic. He worked for a number of companies throughout the country rebuilding automatic automotive transmissions.
Chester was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Vienna. He enjoyed fishing and was a licensed amateur radio operator. His call sign was KC9NHI.
In accordance with his wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral services.
Contributions in Chester’s memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, Kentucky 41076, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial & Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-1905; or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.
To share a memory of Chester or to leave an online message of condolence for his family, please visitwww.baileyfh.com
Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna is providing service to the family.