Chester Enyart, age 92 passed away February 28th, 2019 at Communities of Wildwood Ranch after a long suffering with ALS.
Born in Baxter Springs, Kansas on January 9th, 1927 to Holly Enyart and Tiny Fulcher. Chet was raised during the Great Depression on the family’s self-sufficient farm. Attended Baxter Springs High School and played on the football team.
In 1945, Chet proudly served his country with the US Navy as a radio operator on the USS aircraft carrier Lunga Point during WWII. His combat experience included the China Sea, Okinawa and Saipan.
At 16, Chet begin a 43-year career with Frisco/Burlington Northern Railroad. As a train dispatcher, Chet’s radio call sign was “Hard Rock.” He retired as Chief Dispatcher.
Chet was married to Joline Conard of Miami, Oklahoma for 70 years. They raised their children in the Miami, Joplin and Springfield area. During retirement he resided in Englewood, Florida and Bella Vista Arkansas. Chet was an avid golfer, played cards, danced and enjoyed Big Band music. Chet and Joline were members of the Elks Club and the Presbyterian Church.
Chester leaves behind three daughters: Linda Sadler (Rick) of Carl Junction, Missouri; Dee Ann Matthews (Charles) of Columbia, MO; Terri Conner (Jerry) of Shawnee, KS. Six grandchildren: Sean Sadler (Amy), Jill Fisher (David), Jessica Phipps (Darrell) and Shelby, Riley and William Conner. Great grandchildren: Austin Fisher (Brin); Audrey Fisher; Skylar Sadler; Rebecca, Timothy, Ezekiel Phipps and Gracie Sadler. One great-great grandchild: Jett Sadler.
He was preceded in death by his wife Joline in 2017, by all four siblings, their spouses, plus his only son Gerald, and great grandson Caleb Phipps.
Chet like his grandfather, Richard Simpson Enyart, was a good citizen, hard working, good to his family and square with his fellow man.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday March 5th at Parker Mortuary, Joplin, Missouri.
Graveside service is 1 p.m. Wednesday March 6th, Rock Prairie cemetery, Halltown Missouri.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in honor of Chester Enyart to the Paralyzed Veterans 4801 Linwood Blvd M1-566 Kansas City, MO 64128 or the ALS Association Mid-America Chapter 2209 Petrus Circle, Ozark, MO 65721. Their wonderful support eased Chet’s and his family’s difficult journey. Also, many thanks to Three Rivers Hospice for all their loving care.