John G. Chesnut, 76, of 44 Lawrence Way, died Thursday Sept. 15, 2011 at the Elizabethtown Community Hospital. He was born April 12, 1935 in Philadelphia, Pa., the son of D. Lee and Viola (Swanson) Chesnut. John graduated Plattsburgh State and taught for a year in Elizabethtown before starting his career in technology. He worked for IBM, GE, Honeywell and Bull as a Sr. Staff Supervisor and was in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. John was very community oriented and loved to worship in his church. He was a longtime member of the United Church of Christ in Elizabethtown, serving as a past Treasurer, Trustee, and member of the choir. He was a member of the Men’s Bible study, Pleasant Valley Chorale, and took part in plays at the Elizabethtown Social Center. He also loved his cars, having owned 97 different cars in his lifetime. He enjoyed going off road with his 4x4’s, camping, and sports, but most off all he loved his family, and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. John was a very sacrificial man with a big heart, who always kept his faith. He is survived by his loving wife Priscilla (Morris) Chesnut of Elizabethtown; four children (and their spouses), John M. (Cheryl) Chesnut of Elizabethtown, Sharon (Jay) Haugen of Scottsdale Ariz., Lee (Sandy) Chesnut of Del Mar, Calif., and Dan Chesnut of Glens Falls; 13 grandchildren and their spouses, Stephanie (Drew), Audrey, Christina, Melody, John, Kimberly (Jed), Michael, Jamie, Joshua (Carrie Joy) , Rebekah (Tom), Daniel (Katie), Nathan, Danielle, four great grandchildren, Aidan, Bella Cate, Carter, Avonlea; one brother-in-law, Michael (Carol ) Morris; two sisters-in-law, Judy Shepard and companion (Bill Aubin), and Candy (Jay) Kohen; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and two sisters, Carol Bassett and Elaine Emery. Calling hours were held Sunday, Sept. 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at W.M. Marvin’s Sons funeral home in Elizabethtown. Funeral services were held Monday, Sept 19, at 1 p.m. at the United Church of Christ in Elizabethtown. A burial followed in Riverside Cemetery in Elizabethtown. Donations in John’s memory may be made to the United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 537, Elizabethtown, N.Y. 12932. For online condolences please visit www.wmmarvins.com.
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