MONTICELLO and HOULTON – Chester K. Nickerson, 85, died June 4, 2011, at a local hospital. He was born Nov. 23, 1925, in Monticello, the son of Kenneth and Minnie (Collins) Nickerson.
Chester served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and later joined the U.S. Marines during the Korean War, where he was a prisoner of war. He married his beloved wife Muriel in 1955. He worked for Bangor and Aroostook Railroad, Aroostook County Sheriffs Department, town of Monticello and numerous construction companies as a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, American Ex-Prisoner of War, Korean War Veterans Association and Odd Fellows Lodge. Chester was a proud veteran, who was very active in the Memorial Day and POW/MIA Day ceremonies. He was known by his family and friends as a humorous practical joker who loved to make people laugh.
He is survived by his daughters, Arlene and her husband, Robert Wright, of Fort Fairfield, Wilda Fonseca of Old Orchard and Marie Bragdon of Woodstock, New Brunswick; brothers, Gene of Houlton and Fenton and his wife, Jeanette, of Sidney; sisters, Serita Hammond of Houlton and Katherine Dube and her husband, Larry, of Oakfield; nine grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Dunn Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday. Friends may make gifts in Chester’s memory to Wounded Warrior Project, care of Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St., Houlton, ME 04730. Online guest book and condolences at