Chester Louis Mize, Jr

Chester Louis Mize, Jr

Atchison, Atchison County, Kansas, USA
Death 11 Jan 1994 (aged 76)
La Jolla, Orange County, California, USA
Burial Atchison, Atchison County, Kansas, USA
Plot RF-BL12
Memorial ID 31622727 · View Source
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Chester Louis Mize, Jr. was born December 25, 1917, in Atchison, Kansas, the son of Chester L. and Flora B. Mize. He attended the University of Kansas from 1935 to 1939, graduating with an A. B. degree in business administration. In 1940 he joined the U. S. Naval Reserve, and he served during World War II from 1941 to 1945 on active duty in the South Pacific Theater. When released to inactive service he was a lieutenant commander. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V.

During 1945-1951 Mize was treasurer of the Blish, Mize and Silliman Hardware Co. in Atchison. He then served during 1951-1958 as vice president of the Locomotive Finished Materials Co., also in Atchison. In 1958-64 he was vice president of Valley Co., Inc., a general investment firm which owned and operated a farm near Atchison and a cattle ranch in New Mexico.

Mize has served as a member of the Atchison School Board, as chairman of the board of trustees of Mount St. Scholastica College, and as a member of the Kansas Anti-Discrimination Commission. He has been an active supporter of the University of Kansas, serving as president of the Alumni Association, chairman of the Greater University Fund, a member of the School of Business Administration Advisory Board, and a member of the Athletic Board.

Running as a Republican in the Second Congressional District, Mize initially was elected to the House of Representatives in 1964. This seat had been vacated by William Avery, who was elected governor of Kansas in 1964. After serving three terms Mize was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1970, being defeated by William R. Roy of Topeka. After his defeat, he was named chairman of the United States Tariff Commission in 1971. He retired to Naples, Florida, and later lived in La Jolla, California, until his death there on January 11, 1994.

He was married to Betty Muchnic Mize and had three children: David, Anne, and Janet. He was a member of the Episcopal Church, the Kansas Farm Bureau, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, B.P.O.E., the Elks Club, and Phi Delta Theta social fraternity.


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  • Maintained by: Joyce Mize Worsham
  • Originally Created by: FranzJr
  • Added: 22 Nov 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 31622727
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Chester Louis Mize, Jr (25 Dec 1917–11 Jan 1994), Find a Grave Memorial no. 31622727, citing Mount Vernon Cemetery, Atchison, Atchison County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Joyce Mize Worsham (contributor 47059680) .