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Obituaries > MARKS, CHESTER L.

Chester L. Marks “Chet” of Wofford Heights, California passed away peacefully on Monday, March 28, 2011 in Bakersfield, California. He was the third eldest of nine children born on December 29, 1924 in Stigler, Oklahoma to George and Marie Marks. Chet graduated from Wasco High school and then drafted into the Marine Corps where he served as a 4th Division Marine Raider for 19 years[?]. He served in WWII and the Korean War. He was awarded many medals and a Purple Heart for his service. Chet is survived by a son, Michael W. Marks of Bakersfield, 6 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Chet also is survived by his siblings Merle Marks of Bakersfield, Joyce Mehlberg of Pueblo, CO, Janet Emerson of Bakersfield and Jeauneta Hogan of Spokane, WA After his honorable discharge from the military in 1961, he worked as a heavy-equipment operator for Francis Construction and Sturgeon Construction which he said to be his second love and passion in life. His brother Merle “Tuck” Marks worked alongside him as well. Chet loved telling stories of his life experiences and his laugh was contagious. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his son Mike. He is predeceased by parents, George and Marie Marks, wife, Lucille Marks, daughter, Sandra Kingsley, great-granddaughter Hannah Kingsley, and siblings; Lewatha Ming, Lorene Cantwell, Grace Smith, and Charlie Marks. No services will be held for Chet. Two words to sum up the life of Chester Marks…Semper Fi.