Chester F. Barnett of Fort Scott, Kan., died Wednesday, March 12, 2008, after an extended illness. He was 79.

Mr. Barnett was born April 6, 1918, in Joplin, Mo., to Evan and Capitola (Metsker) Barnett. He lived all his life in Ottawa County, grew up in the Douthitt, Picher area and was a resident of Miami before he moved to Fort Scott in May, 2007.

During World War II, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps at the age of 16 and served in Phoenix, Ariz. During that time he took up boxing and won many Golden Glove tournaments in Arizona and locally.

He worked for Eagle-Picher Mining for 43 years and the EP Boron Plant in Quapaw until retiring in 1978. He also worked part-time for Bomford-Couch Insurance Agency for 23 years before retiring at age 86. He was a member of the Cardin Baptist Church. He was a perpetual member of the Masonsic Lodge for 66 years.

He married Mary H. Moore on Nov. 5, 1939. She survives, of the home.

Additional survivors include one daughter, Gloria Bennett and husband John of Fort Scott; six grandchildren, Kristen Dunn; John F. Bennett; Melinda Bennett; Mark Barnett; Mary Barker and Melissa Scott, and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Richard “Dick” Barnett in 1978.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday in G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami. The Rev. Lloyd Stone will officiate. Masonic rites will be conducted by the Miami Masonic Lodge No. 140 A.F.&A.M.

Memorials are suggested to the Moog Center for Deaf Education in care of Paul Thomas Funeral Home of Miami.