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Chester Junior Doerr

April 14, 1930 ~ January 17, 2022 (age 91)

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Chester Junior Doerr

04/14/1930 – 01/17/2022

(age 91)

Chester Junior Doerr, of Garden Grove, California, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 17, 2022 at home surrounded by loved ones.  Chester was a loving husband of Fanchon E. (Powers) Doerr for 68 years.  Born on April 14, 1930, in Gorman, South Dakota.  Chester was the son of the late Chester Mortz Doerr, and the late Jeanette Maybelle (Pederson) Doerr.


In addition to his parents, Chester was preceded in death by his sisters, Donna, Zemova, Constance, Joan and Cherie.  Chester was also preceded in death by his brothers DeVere, Douglas and Delano.


In addition to his wife, Chester is survived by his brothers Roger, Randolph “Perry” and Gorden.  Chester’s daughters and their husbands, Debbie and Dan, Linda and Guy and Julie and Greg; as well as his 8 adoring grandchildren, Tim, Michael, Sarah (Mike), Jaqueline (Matthew), Jon (Stacey), Matthew (Amanda), Jeffery (Lauren) and Katelyn (Cody); as well as his 17 adoring great grandchildren, Parker, Tristan, Riley, Dylan, Tayler, Dominic, Hailey, Jackson, Maxwell, Zoey, Reese, Caden, Hannah, Jett, Everett, Chase and Levi, along with many nieces and nephews who were dear to his heart.   


Chester graduated Bryant High School in 1948 and joined the Navy as a photographer that same year, and was honorably discharged in 1952.  Fanchon and Chester met at Hoffmans TV where they were both employed in 1952 and married in 1953.  Chester worked for Autonetics, North American Rockwell from 1959 until he retired in 1990 at the young age of 60.  Chester during that employment worked closely with the Navy on their Trident and Polaris submarine programs.   He loved his travels related to work visiting places like Haiti, Jamaica, Scotland and many more.  He was gone 6 months at a time, seemingly never home.   He was offered a work-related assignment to be gone for 2 years on a submarine but Fanchon said absolutely not. 


Chester’s hobbies were the stock market managing his investments, carpentry and making his own beef jerky.  Chester built additions to his home and built his own barn woodshop in their backyard.   He loved teaching his crafts to his daughters, son-in-law’s and grandchildren. Chester built from scratch furniture of all types, beds for his grandchildren, wooden trash bins, coffee tables and shelving the list goes on.   Chester loved his beer!   He’d either have a cold keg or bottles of Samuel Adams that he loved sharing with his friends and family.


Chester’s love for Fanchon was undeniable and a perfect love everyone should strive for.  He would get Fanchon every Valentines a Heart shape box of her favorite chocolates from See’s Candy.   Chester’s love for his brothers and sisters always showed.  Being one of 12 he always was proud of them and their endeavor’s.  


Chester was a red-blooded Republican and loved discussing politics with those who disagreed. He loved reading books related to Biblical and political history.  Chester was the most honest, trustworthy man as well as a loving Father, Husband and the best man you would ever know.  Chester never disappointed anyone and a joy to know. 


 Chester was a kind and very generous man always making sure his children and grandchildren were okay.  It was always tough to pay for meals at restaurants when Chester would ask for the check before anyone else could.  He was very proud of his family and would do anything for them and will be deeply missed!

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Graveside Service
February 8, 2022

1:45 PM
Riverside National Cemetery
22495 Van Buren Blvd.
Riverside, California 92518


Chapel of Orange
215 N Grand St
Orange, CA 92866

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