Chester M. VerDow

May 29, 1923 ~ October 20, 2020 (age 97)


Chester M. VerDow

Williamson: Entered into peaceful rest on October 20, 2020 at age 97, at his home on the family farm where he was born, son of Sarah (Lucieer) and Myron VerDow.

A loving husband of 65 years to his predeceased wife, Arethea (Manktelow) VerDow.  

He was predeceased by his sisters, Mabel VerDow and Isabelle Raymor of Ontario; in laws: Ellis DeLass, John Raymor and Lawrence Dickinson of Ontario, Ralph and Leona Lawrence of Williamson, and Velma (Manktelow) Emery of Marion, nephew: William Lawrence of Wiliamson.

Chester was an adoring father to daughters and son in law: Nancy (David) Elliott of Pultneyville and Jane VerDow of Rochester; proud grandfather to Matthew and Heather Elliott.  He is also survived by his sisters: Viola DeLass and Beulah Dickinson of Ontario, and Argetha (Dean) Newcomb of Victor; brother in law: Gordon Emery of Marion; cousin: Alice (Lucieer) Morgan of Williamson; many extended family members & special friends.  Chester leaves behind his church family of the First Baptist Church of Ontario where he was baptized in 1956, worshipped as the oldest member and served as a deacon, trustee, and sang in choir.

"Chet" was a third generation fruit grower in Williamson, certified welder, designer and builder of sprayer equipment for local farmers to improve safety and efficiency (1940's-1950's), and manager of the Williamson Agway and Orbaker Farm-Cider and Apple Packing (1970's).  He was a devoted and caring friend to many sharing his love for fishing, woodworking, gardening (Rose Society), photography, Farmer's Markets of Fairport and Webster.  He was a storyteller of local history and teacher to any and all about farming and fruit grafting.

Private interment will be held in Lake View Cemetery.

Expressions of Sympathy may be directed in his memory to the First Baptist Church of Ontario, NY and Pines of Peace.

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Private Interment

Lake View Cemetery
3967 Lake Road
Williamson, NY 14589


First Baptist Church of Ontario
1929 Ridge Road, Ontario NY 14519
Tel: 1-315-524-4761

Pines of Peace
2378 Ridge Road, Ontario NY 14519
Tel: 1-315-524-2388

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