Funeral services for Chester Mack Beattie, 89, of Fresno will be held at 11 a.m. today, April 28 at Smith Family Chapel, Exeter with private burial at San Joaquin National Cemetery. He died on April 24 in Fresno.
He was born to Chester and Olga Beattie on Nov. 17, 1914 in Pine Bluff, Ark. He was raised in Buckeye, Ariz. and graduated from Buckeye Union High School.
In 1935 he joined the U.S. Army and graduated from Army Veterinary School in 1938, the Medical Field School in 1943 and Adjutant General School in 1944. He was appointed a second lieutenant in 1943. He retired as a major on June 30, 1956.
He married Vivian Jordan Kirkman in 1967 in Nevada and worked 16 years as regional personnel director for the National Park Service. After retirement, he and his wife moved to the Exeter area in 1974.
He was a life member of the National Officers Association, a charter member of the Kings-Tulare Officers Association and served as president and past president. In addition, he was a member of the Moose Lodge and Elks Lodge.
He is survived by his wife, Vivian Beattie of Fresno; three sons, Robert Beattie and Chester Beattie both of Pennsylvania, Richard Beattie of Illinois; two daughters, Elizabeth Wildemore and Kathryn Rodier both of Pennsylvania; three stepchildren, Frank Kirkman of Clovis, Stephan Kirkman of Bakersfield and Stephane Posson of Mount Shasta; six brothers, one sister and numerous grandchildren.
On-line condolences may be made at www.smithfamilychapel.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Smith Family Chapel, Exeter.