Chester L. Clapp died Tuesday (Feb. 25, 2003) at Community Hospital of McCook. He was 78 years old.
Chester was born Sept. 7, 1924, at McCook, to John W. and Sylvia (Painter) Clapp. He attended school in Weldona, Colo. In 1940, he returned to the McCook community. On May 10, 1943, he entered the US Army and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged on April 19, 1946.
On Sept. 3, 1950, he married LaVonne L. Orman at McCook. To this union one son, James, was born. He was self-employed as a plumber for almost 45 years before retiring.
Chester was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and Good Sam's Camping Club. He coached Little League and American Legion Baseball while his son was growing up.
Preceding him in death were his parents, John and Sylvia Clapp; one sister, Virginia Stanich; and two brothers, Bob and Lester Clapp.
Survivors include his wife, LaVonne Clapp of McCook; son, James Clapp and wife, Kristi, of McCook; one brother, Harold Clapp and wife, Phyllis, of McCook; one sister, Vera and husband, Kenneth Dayley of The Dalles, Ore.; two grandchildren, Michelle and husband, Chris Leitner of Shawnee, Kan., and Marcus Clapp of Kearney; and one great-granddaughter, Ainsley Leitner.
Funeral services will be Saturday, 10:30 a.m., at Peace Lutheran Church with the Rev. Carl E. Pullmann officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery with military committal.
Visitation will be today until 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The casket will be closed at the funeral.
Memorials may be given to American Heart Association.
Carpenter Breland is in charge of the arrangements.