Chester Andrew Reasoner, 81, of Lambertville, peacefully departed this life on Sunday, March 4, at the Atrium, in Princeton, New Jersey. His loving wife, Brenda, was at his side.
Chester was born on July 24, 1936, in Flemington, New Jersey. He was the fourth child born to Leo and Florence Peterson Reasoner. He grew up in a large and loving family and attended Flemington High School.
He met and courted Brenda Marie Daniels, and the two were married on March 18, 1961, at the Flemington Methodist Church. They established their home in Lambertville, and raised four children: Chester L., Cheryl M., Richard E. and Roger S. Reasoner. Chester was employed at C. A. Niece Lumber in Lambertville, and also by Myhre Construction in Frenchtown, N.J.
Chester’s home-away-from-home was the Union Volunteer Fire Company in Lambertville, where he served faithfully for over 40 years as the company’s engineer. He was also instrumental in raising funds for the restoration of the Lambertville Fire Department’s antique pumper, the Ahrens Fox. He was a skilled woodworker.
Chester was a supporter of youth sports in Lambertville, and enjoyed coaching the Ramblers peewee football team for many years. After hanging up his coach’s clipboard, he continued to assist with concessions and other areas of the organization.
Chester was devoted to his family and his community, and was a quiet gentleman of few words whose children knew that just one look meant business.
He was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Florence Reasoner, his sister Evelyn Marie Camon and his brother Thomas (“T-Bird”) Reasoner. He leaves to mourn his wife Brenda; his children and their spouses Chester L. Reasoner of Lambertville, Cheryl R. Wethers and her husband Darren of Anthem, Arizona, Richard E. Reasoner and his wife Michele of Miami, Florida, and Roger S. Reasoner and his wife Stacy of Flemington; his grandchildren Lauren Wethers of New Orleans, Harrison Wethers of Anthem, Scott Andrew Reasoner of Philadelphia, Brady Reasoner of East Stroudsburg, Tyler Reasoner of Flemington, and Brienna Reasoner of Flemington; his sisters Edith Noakes (William) of Willingboro, N.J., Helen R. Joell of Philadelphia, Florence Anne Frazier (Charles) of Abington, Judith Dowdy (James) of Maple Shade, N.J. and Barbara Blossom (Roland) of Daytona Beach, Florida; his brother Richard Reasoner (Lucille) of Philadelphia, and an extended family of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 10, at 1 p.m. at the Lambertville-New Hope Rescue Squad Ballroom, 72 Alexander Ave., in Lambertville. Interment will follow at the Holcombe-Riverview Cemetery, in Delaware Township. N.J.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the start of services at the Lambertville-New Hope Rescue Squad Ballroom.
Donations in Chester’s memory may be made to the Union Volunteer Fire Company, 230 N. Main Street, Lambertville, N.J. 08530, or to the Lambertville-New Hope Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 237, Lambertville, N.J. 08530.
Info provided by Van Horn-McDonough Funeral Home.