Louis Chessrown "Chess" Getsinger III

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Davies Cremation & Burial Services | Cremation Vancouver WA
309 E 15th Street Suite E
Vancouver, WA

May 14, 1924 ˜ September 17, 2018

Chess Getsinger, of Vancouver, Washington, died peacefully on September 17, 2018 of complications from a stroke in July; his wife of 70 years, Jean, was at his bedside. Chess was born May 14, 1924 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Louis C. Jr. and Lucille Gillespie Getsinger. Lucille died when Chess and his twin brother Jack were eight years old. Their father married Hettie Clerc.

Chess was active in the Boy Scouts achieving the organization’s highest rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Edgewood High School in Pittsburgh in 1943 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was assigned to an Officer’s Training Program at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. When World War II ended Chess was Honorably Discharged and returned to Pittsburgh. However, he made many trips back to Ithaca because while there he had met Jean Boughner, also a student at Cornell. In June 1948 Chess received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, a week later Jean graduated from Cornell and on June 19 they were married in Gouverneur, New York.

Chess immediately began his 37-year career with the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) in Massena, New York as a Production Manager. In 1960 he earned a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. He spent his entire career with ALCOA in three locations: Massena (1948-61 & 64-73), Pittsburgh (61-64), and Vancouver (73-85). He retired in 1985 but remained an active participant in the ALCOA 25 Year Club.

Chess was also an active church and community member in both Massena and Vancouver. In Massena he served on the vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church, volunteered for many activities with Boy Scout Troop 33, coached Little League baseball and was a member of the Kiwanis Service Club. Through Kiwanis he helped many young boys and girls, including sons Bruce and Eric, build and race Soap Box Derby cars. In Vancouver, Chess continued his service to church and community. At St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, he was a warden, lay reader, vestry member, and volunteer treasurer. He was also active for many years helping local students and teachers learn about business through the Exploring Business Club. He and Jean were avid supporters of local theater and musical groups.

Together Chess and Jean enjoyed many recreational activities including golf, bird watching at Ridgefield Refuge, canoeing, cross-country skiing and spending time at their cabin at Northwoods on Swift Reservoir. Because many family members and friends lived in the East, they took numerous road trips across the U.S., exploring National Parks and other sites on each journey.

Chess was predeceased by his brother in 1970. He is survived by his wife, Jean; sons, Stephen E. and wife Catharine Keane of Vancouver, Bruce L. and wife Christine of Franklin, PA and Eric Chessrown and wife Siege of Seattle; five grandchildren, Amanda, Stacy, Clayton, Nicole and Michelle; four great-grandchildren and eight nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 426 E. 4th Plain Blvd., Vancouver at 11:00 AM Saturday, October 6; a reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made in Chess’ name to St. Luke’s Memorial Fund.

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Published in The Columbian on Sept. 30, 2018
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