Chester A. Ammerman
March 9, 1929 – November 17, 2018
Chester Ammerman, 89 years old, passed away on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Saint Joseph Hospital. Chester was born and raised in Altoona Pennsylvania to Carl Shirrels Sr. and Almeda Francis Ammerman.
In 1947, Chet graduated from Altoona High School. In 1949, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Ann Gay. They were married 63 years before she passed. Together they had four children. Chet worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad, managed two Clark stations and drove trucks for Inlander Steindler Paper Company. He was a Teamster, past member of the Manaechor Club and played semi-professional football in Pennsylvania. His hobbies included singing, bowling, darts, pool, poker and he coached adult softball.
Chester is survived by his children: Mary (Monte) McCalmont, Chuck (Patti) Ammerman, Lee (Maralouise) Ammerman, and Laura (Terry) Andrzejewski, grandchildren: Marti Sward, Adam (Charlotte) Sward, Chad Ammerman (Laura Keil), Lindsey (Patrick) Kennedy, Lance Ammerman, Leslie (Bret) Sheline, and Hailee Smith, six step-grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and his beloved dogs, Tippy and Buttons.
Also surviving are his brother, Duane (Marlene) Ammerman, sister, Joanne Landeck, and in-laws, Shirley Blackburn and Kathlyn Gay. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Mary Ann and 10 brothers and sisters.
Friends may visit family at First United Methodist Church in Mishawaka on November 29 at 12:30 followed by a memorial at 1:30. Contributions can be made to the Center for Hospice Care of Saint Joseph County.