1st Lt. Chester A. Nenney, Jr - 419th Squadron
Chester A. Nenney, Jr.
Chester A. Nenney died peacefully at home on May 30, with his wife and daughter nearby. To the end he shared humor and showed concern for others. He was born in Monroe, LA, Oct. 22, 1917, to Chester Arthur Nenney and Emma Owen Nenney.
He was preceded in death by his sister Polly Nenney Breed. .
He is survived by Willine, his lifelong sweetheart and wife of 65 years; daughter Susan and son-in-law Louis B. Parks; nephews Larkin Breed, Owen Breed and wife Lynn and Mike Breed and wife Ellen. We love him. .
He attended L.S.U. before returning to work in Monroe. He held the first draft number (#158) drawn in 1940 and joined the National Guard, transferring to the Army Air Corps in 1941. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in June, 1942. In the 301st Bomber Group of the 8th Air Force, he arrived in England in 1942 and made his first flight in a B-17. Flying from England and North Africa, he completed 51 missions as copilot and pilot in "Behind the Eight Ball", and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters. .
He was a flight instructor in Sebring FL for the duration of his service ending in 1945. He married his sweetheart Willine Boxley, Mar. 25, 1944. With a BA in mechanical engineering from Louisiana Tech, he began a successful and lifelong career as a petroleum engineer. .
Chester made many friendships that lasted his lifetime. Growing up in Monroe, he and Willine kept their close knit hometown pals. These friends survived the Great Depression and did their share in World War II, both profoundly influencing their outlook on life. With modest expectations, they found success and enjoyment all their lives. They laughed a lot. .
Chester was a quiet, dignified man with a big spirit, clear principles and a twinkle in his eye. He loved a good joke, a vodka martini and chocolate malts. He drew great pleasure from the company of family and friends. He was a lifelong Presbyterian and fulfilled a variety of church roles in congregations in Houston, Lafayette and Liberal, KS..
When he was away from his family and friends, he always sent the same message: "Tell 'em all hello." .
His last years were greatly enriched by the loving care of Gretel Vassel, LaShonda Edwards and most especially Ernestine Dickerson.
A memorial service will be held at Bayou Manor, 4141 S. Braeswood, Friday June 5, 11:00 AM followed by a reception. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to St. Luke's Presbyterian Church, 8915 Timberside Dr. Houston 77025; Houston Hospice, 1902 Holcombe, Houston 77030; the Nature Conservancy of Texas, P.O. Box 1440 San Antonio 78729 or the charity of your choice.