Chester Harriman Obituary

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Chester A. Harriman

July 26, 1917 - July 20, 2014
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Chester Ambrose Harriman was born in Harrisville, Ohio, July 26, 1917. He grew up in the Reedurban area of Stark County, just east of Canton, Ohio. While working at the Timken Roller Bearing Company he married Vivian Palma Truax, from Shadyside, Ohio. In 1942 Chester enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and as a member of the “Greatest Generation,” flew 26 combat missions in the South Pacific as a B25 pilot. He continued in the Air Reserve as a First Lieutenant in peacetime. Upon returning home from the Pacific, he owned and operated, with his brothers, the Harriman Service and Sohio gas station in Greentown, Ohio. In 1949 he...





Chester Ambrose Harriman was born in Harrisville, Ohio, July 26, 1917. He grew up in the Reedurban area of Stark County, just east of Canton, Ohio. While working at the Timken Roller Bearing Company he married Vivian Palma Truax, from Shadyside, Ohio. In 1942 Chester enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and as a member of the “Greatest Generation,” flew 26 combat missions in the South Pacific as a B25 pilot. He continued in the Air Reserve as a First Lieutenant in peacetime. Upon returning home from the Pacific, he owned and operated, with his brothers, the Harriman Service and Sohio gas station in Greentown, Ohio. In 1949 he was employed with Farm Bureau Insurance Company, which later became the Nationwide Insurance Company. He retired in 1982 as a Regional Claims Manager, receiving numerous certifications and accolades during his career.



Chet was the Nationwide Ambassador to the Annapolis Chamber of Commerce for over thirteen years. He served as the Chairman of Naval Affairs and was instrumental in beginning to forge a working relationship between the town of Annapolis and US Naval Academy. He was often referred to as, “Mr. Annapolis,” due to his extensive community service. One friend wrote, “There is only one other personality who has his picture in the paper more…President Reagan!”



He served the Annapolis area as a PTA president, HOA Board of Directors member in his community of Pines-on-the-Severn, President and Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Annapolis Council of Navy League of the United States. He was a Past President of Rotary International of Annapolis and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was President of the YMCA and Commander of the Military Order of the World Wars. For fun, Chet played the drums in the Boumi Temple Brass Band where he served as Director and President. He was President of the Washington Claimsmen Association, as well as President of the International Club of Annapolis, Maryland. He served honorably as the State President of Navy League of the United States and was an active member of the Boumi Temple- A.A.O.N.M.S, Baltimore and the. Masonic Lodge, No.179, Hyattsville, MD. He was also a Knights Templar.



Chet was a member of the National Sojourners Club, an advisor to De Molay, served on the Board of Directors of the Salvation Army and was a member of the Touchdown Club. For two years he was Chairman of the Community Chest for the United Appeals Campaign. He chaired the Youth Exchange Committee for Rotary International of Annapolis as they coordinated a program for Philippine exchange students. He also chaired the Boy Scouts of America of Anne Arundel County program from 1975-78. Red Cross involvement came as an instructor for CPR and a blood donor with an enviable record.



Mr. Harriman was currently married to Christine Payne-Harriman of Annapolis. They resided most recently at the Sunrise Assisted Living Community on Bestgate Road in Annapolis, Maryland. Between the two of them, they have four children, seven grandchildren and five great-grand-children. Mr. Harriman would have been 97 years old on July 26, 2014. He will be sorely missed by family and friends. His legacy of kindness and service to others is appreciated by all with whom he had relationship.



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