Newton Now Obituaries: Chester G. Parkhurst

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

Chet was born Sept. 3, 1917, in Newton 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 more than 73 years.

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

Chet joined Beechcraft in 1942 as a third-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 more than 42 years of loyal service that concluded with him as manager of sales/orders. His dedication to his work only was surpassed by his love of God and family.

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 was at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, at Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church in Wichita with a funeral service following at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to the church. Burial followed the service at 2 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton. Petersen Funeral Home in Newton is in charge of arrangements.

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