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Chester  E. Denby

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Chester E. Denby died on 5/22/15 at Morningside Nursing Home, aged 91. He was the youngest of 4 children of Maximillian and Genevieve Dembinski. He grew up in Michigan City, IN. Upon graduation from Elston High School in 1943, he enrolled in the U.S. Army. He was transferred to England, and after D-Day served in the quartermaster corp. He rose to the rank of Master Sargent, recieving a commendation for his service in Normandy. After the war, he married his high school sweetheart, Norma Gartman. They moved to Chicago, where he earned a degree from DePaul. They returned to Michigan City. He became an accountant with South Bend Freight. They had 2 children, Gregory and Michael. Due to complications at birth, Michael was afflicted w. cerebral palsy, and was a quadruplegic. The family moved to South Bend in 1957. A long time member of Holy Cross parish, he was one of the first members of the lay board of advisors, and helped organize the parish finances. He initiated an early computerized payroll, billing and routing system at South Bend Freight. After retirement, he did volunteer work for Logan Industries on their computer systems. After Norma's death, Chester continued to care for his son Michael in their home, altho Chester himself suffered kidney failure a few years later. Chester is survived by son, Gregory, four grandchildren, and one great grand child. There will be a visitation at Kaniewski Funeral home in South Bend on Wed, May 27 starting at 1 PM, followed by a memorial service there at 2 PM. Memorials may be made in his name to Logan Industries.