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Chester “Parky” Parkhurst

d. April 1, 2017



Chester (Chet) G. Parkhurst – aka “Parky” went to meet his Heavenly Father and be reunited with his wife Eloise on Saturday, April 1st at the age of 99.

Chet was born September 3, 1917 in Newton, Kansas to Arthur and Minnie Parkhurst and was the oldest of two children.  He met the eventual love of his life, Eloise, while in the Newton Junior High.  He immediately told his friends to stay away.  They eventually wed in 1937 and were married for over 73 years.

Chet is preceded in death by his parents and his wife Eloise.  He is survived by brother Max (Joyce), son Greg (Sharla) and 2 grandchildren, Jordan and Shelby, all of Wichita.

Chet joined Beechcraft in 1942 as a 3rd shift security guard.  He left Beech in 1943 to serve his country in the USN and returned to Beech in 1946 after receiving his honorable discharge.  Chet finished his career at Beechcraft in 1984 with over 42 years of loyal service that concluded with him as Manager of Sales/Orders.  His dedication to his work was only surpassed by his love of God and family.

99 years on this earth is an incredible accomplishment considering all that can go wrong.  He passed away knowing exactly what he meant to his family.  Rest well Dad (Grandpa), give Mom (Grandma) a big hug and know that we will see you all again one day.

Visitation will be held at 9:30 A.M., Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 at Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church in Wichita with a funeral service to follow at 11:00 A.M.  Memorials may be made to the church.  Burial will follow the service at 2:00P.M., Greenwood Cemetery in Newton, Kansas.  Petersen Funeral Home.


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