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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Walter B. Chase, 91, of Duke Center, PA

DUKE CENTER, Pa. Walter B. Chase, 91, of Duke Center died Wednesday (April 15, 2009) in the Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center following a long illness.
Born April 7, 1918, in Titusville, he was a son of Wilbur G. and Donna L. Burt Chase. On July 12, 1940, at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Obi, N.Y., he married Willovene A. Shirey, who survives.

Mr. Chase was a 1937 graduate of Otto High School and had lived in Duke Center since 1940. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater as a chief welder.

Mr. Chase had been employed in local oil fields for the C.L. Wasson Oil Co. and Sloan and Zook Oil Co., both of Duke Center. He was later employed by Quaker State Refinery in Farmers Valley as a pumper. When the Viko Furniture Co. was being built, he was employed as a bulldozer operator. He had been employed as a wholesale clothing salesman, traveling in Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia. For 20 years prior to his retirement in 1990, he was a self-employed general contractor in the Duke Center area.

He was a member of the Duke Center United Methodist Church and a past member of its choir, was a member of Northern Star Lodge 555 F&AM of Duke Center, was an Otto Township supervisor for 24 years and was past president and vice president of the McKean County Association of Township Officials. He loved working in his garden, especially growing tomatoes, and he was an avid Utah Jazz basketball fan.

Surviving besides his wife are a son, W. Alan (Susan) Chase of Olean, N.Y.; two daughters, Donna (Donald) Rice of Duke Center and Rebecca (Dan Pascale) Linn of Cuba, N.Y.; grandchildren, Kellie Morningstar of California, Rhonda Merry of Missouri, Craig Merry of California, Scott Chase of Florida and Meghan Linn of New York; great-grandchildren, Mariah Morningstar and Connor Morningstar, both of California, Lucy Merry-Muller and Henry Merry-Muller, both of Missouri, Tony Chase, Matt Chase and Nicholas Chase, all of Florida; a brother, Marion (Jean) Chase of Angola, Ind., and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred. Funeral services will be held Saturday (April 18, 2009) at 11 a.m. in the Duke Center United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Paul Fields, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.

The family requests memorials be made to the Duke Center United Methodist Church or Otto Township Ambulance Fund.

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