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Chester ‘Chet’ Hartford

DEXTER and GARLAND – Chester F. Hartford, 88, died Nov. 21, 2012, at a Dexter health care facility. He was born Feb. 3, 1924, in Dexter, a son of Chester L. and Georgieanna (LaBree) Hartford.
He graduated from N.H. Fay High School, class of 1942, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Chet worked for W.H. Butterfield and later at R.C. Whitney for 30 years, installing heating systems and gas stations. He served on Dexter Water Board, Dexter Utility District, for many years. He was a charter member and past president of Dexter Jaycees. Chet was a longtime member of Dexter Fire Department, a member of Cardinal Mercier Post, Knights of Columbus, a past director of Dexter Credit Union and owned Chet’s Market, Lower Main Street, Dexter, for 13 years. He was a lifelong communicant of St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Our Lady of the Snows Parish.
He is survived by his wife, Joan (Coro) Hartford of Garland; three daughters, Karen and husband, Norman White, of Durham, Mary Ellen and husband, Donald Hill, of California and Patricia Brawn of Dexter; three sons, Richard and wife, Donna, of South Carolina, Dale and wife, Cheryl, of Newport and Tom and wife, Robin, of Dexter; a brother, Ronald and wife, Doris, of North Dexter; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; four stepchildren, Shelly Wild of Florida, Scott Bryson of California, Michael Bryson of Corinna and Cindy Bradbury of Auburn; and eight stepgrandchildren.
Graveside committal prayers will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Dexter. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Dexter. Those who wish may leave written condolences at

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