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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Raymond J. Chestnut Jr.
October 23, 1926 - November 2, 2017

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Visitation - Saturday, November 11, 2017, 1:00 to 1:30 PM at Wayside Chapel at Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Ambler
Memorial Service - Saturday, November 11, 2017, 1:30 PM at Wayside Chapel at Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Ambler
Military Honors - Saturday, November 11, 2017, 1:30 PM at Wayside Chapel at Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Ambler

Contacts

Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Clergy - Supplee Memorial Presbyterian Church - 855 Welsh Road, Maple Glen, PA 19025 - 215-646-4123 - Map
Place - Wayside Chapel at Whitemarsh Memorial Park - 1151 Horsham Road, Ambler, PA 19002 - 215-646-7500 - Map
Family Florist - Kremp Florist - 220 Davisville Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-657-6700 - Map
Donation - Wounded Warrior Project - PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 - 877-832-6997 - Map

Raymond J. Chestnut Jr. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania died Thursday, November 2, 2017 at VITAS - Nazareth Hospital. He was 91 years old. Raymond was born October 23, 1926 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, son of the late Raymond John Chestnut and the late Mildred E. Chestnut (nee - Burley). He is the beloved husband of Jeanette D. Chestnut; father of Raymond J. Chestnut III and his wife Cathy, Lynne C. Lord and her husband Lee, and Glenn A. Chestnut and his wife Debbie; grandfather of Alex, Eddie, Cole, Glenn Jr. and his wife Alissa, and Christopher Chestnut; great grandfather of Chloe Chestnut.

Ray was born, raised, and educated in Philadelphia where he graduated from Germantown High School in 1944. His family lived in the Mount Airy neighborhood when he was young. Ray joined the United States Navy in September of 1944. He served on the USS E. A. Howard (DE-346). His commendations include service in the Asiatic-Pacific Area, the American Area, Philippine Liberation, and Victory Medal for World War II. Ray was honorably discharged in July of 1946 having attained the rank of Signalman 3rd Class. Over the years he stayed in touch with his friends from the Navy and frequently attended reunions with his shipmates from the destroyer group.

After his discharge from the Navy, Ray went back to school at Pierce College in Philadelphia where he received an associates degree. He headed out into the business world with his education and went to work in sales for U.S. Steel and later A.B. Murray, selling steel pipe and tube products.

Ray married his high school classmate, Jeanette Grant Davidson, on January 21, 1950 in Germantown. They settled in Willow Grove in the Philadelphia suburbs and raised their family. They attended First Presbyterian Church of Willow Grove and Supplee Memorial Presbyterian Church. They enjoyed time away from home at their condominium in Ocean City, New Jersey and later in Florida.

The family made yearly trips to see the US Open tennis tournament and continued the family tradition with season’s tickets to the Eagles at Franklin Field, Veterans Stadium, and most recently at Lincoln Financial Field. Ray spent his leisure time bowling, playing golf and tennis, and spending time with his family and friends.

Relatives and friends were invited to his visitation on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 1:00 P.M. and his memorial service and military honors rendered by the United States Navy followed at the Wayside Chapel at Whitemarsh Memorial Park, 1151 Horsham Road, Prospectville, PA 19002.

Religious services will be conducted by Rev. Dr. Donald C. Hoagland, pastor of Supplee Memorial Presbyterian Church, 855 Welsh Road, Maple Glen, PA 19025.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Family flowers arranged by Kremp Florist 215-657-6700.

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