“Dear Mr. Jones,
Thank you for your professional, compassionate spirit at my grandfather, T. G’s, funeral. I remember when you buried my grandmother 25 years ago (I was 7!), and your smiling face is just the same. The professionalism of your staff will always stand out in my mind when I remember this time. That is a precious gift. Thank you.
— M. D.
Chester F. Reader
May 12, 1950 - January 05, 2014
Chester Franklin Reader, age 63, a resident of Joliet, IL and formerly of Coal City, IL, passed away unexpectedly on January 5, 2014 at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, IL. He was born on May 12, 1950 in Morris, IL.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 39 ½ years, Sandi; his loving daughters, Kelsie (Rick) Troy of Cedar Lake, IN and Kerbie (Roger Liao) Reader of Seattle, WA; his granddaughters, Cheyanne and Braelynne Troy; his brother, Charles William Reader and sister, Venita Jean Palumbo; his nephews, Eugene William Reader, 1st Lt. Nick Mesik and Derek Mesik; his niece, Chesta Mesik; his sister-in-law, Donna Reader; his mother-in-law, Deloris Mesik and his brother-in-law, Nick (Shelly) Mesik; as well as his beloved dogs, Jasmine and Cinder and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Jaunita Reader and his nephew, Brian Quinn Reader.
Chet was a graduate of Coal City High School, class of 1968. He enlisted in the United States Army and served his country with honor. Upon his honorable discharge, Chet began his career in the sheet metal industry and was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local #265 in Carol Stream. A lifelong member of the Masons, Chet was an active member and Past Master of the Plainfield Lodge #536. He was a lifelong Methodist and an active member of the Plainfield United Methodist Church. Throughout his life he reveled in spending leisurely hours outdoors and in his younger years he especially enjoyed water skiing. He was a big fan of the Chicago Blackhawks and Michigan Wolverines. He felt most relaxed with his fishing pole in his hand and was looking forward to teaching his granddaughters his techniques. A master craftsman and handyman, anyone could bring their issues to Chet and he was sure to know how to fix them. Chet adored his granddaughters and always made time to read to them. Above all, Chet loved his family and lived each and every day for them. He will be deeply missed.
Visitation will be Thursday, January 9, 4:00 until 8:00 PM at the Overman-Jones Funeral & Cremation Services, Plainfield. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, January 10, 11:00 AM at the Plainfield United Methodist Church, 15114 S. Illinois St., Plainfield, IL 60544, with visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment will be private.
For those who would like to leave a lasting tribute to Chet's life, memorials to the Plainfield United Methodist Church or the Plainfield Masonic Lodge Scholarship Fund would be greatly appreciated.