|Birth: ||Dec. 8, 1948|
|Death: ||Nov. 25, 2011|
Mr. Chester John "Chet" Alcorn, Jr. , age 62, Canaan, Indiana. Chet was born on December 8, 1948, in Louisville, Ky. He was the son of Chester John Alcorn, Sr. and Theresa Hinton Alcorn. He lived in Louisville, KY until he joined the US Navy in 1965. There he served on the USS Arlington as a signal man and served our country honorably in Vietnam. Chester also was one of the few who were given the distinguished honor of picking up the crew of Apollo 13 after their spacecraft had landed in the ocean after their emergency descent back to earth. Chester was also aboard the ship on standby to pick up the crew of Apollo 11 who were the first to land on the moon. Chester ended his naval career in 1969 when he married Linda Kay Whitham on October 10, 1969. They then moved to Canaan, IN where they raised their two daughters Stacie Alcorn Conard and Lisa Alcorn Mills and son Christopher John Alcorn. Chester had worked for many years and retired from Monsanto in Ohio. After retirement, Chester later joined the Jefferson County Sheriff's Dept. in Madison, IN as a Reserve Deputy. Chester loved his work with the Sheriff's Dept. for several years but was unable to continue due to health problems. Chester then served on the Jefferson County Council for 4 years where he served the community faithfully. Chester then mastered his gift of wood crafting. He was an expert crafter, building many beautiful pieces for family and friends. His most definite and favorite pastime was always his grandchildren. He enjoyed every second he could with them. His most memorable and most anticipated event was "Grandpa's New Year's Eve Dance Off", where he and his grandchildren would compete yearly on New Year's Eve to see who had the most outrageous dance moves. This was something the grandchildren would prepare for all year long. Chester also enjoyed hunting, fishing, friends, family, and hosting the IXCR Motorcross Races several times a year on his farm in Canaan. Chester was a member of the American Legion Post 0247 in Friendship, IN where he was Post Commander and a member of the 40/8. Chet died Friday, November 25, 2011 at 2:33 p.m. at his home near Canaan, Indiana.
Created by: bob hampton
Record added: Feb 03, 2012
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