Arthur Eugene “Gene” McChesney

| April 8, 2019

Arthur Eugene “Gene” McChesney was born in East Brady to Beulah (Smith) and John McChesney on Oct. 11, 1925.

He was their last surviving son.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers, Henry, James and Robert; and his sisters, Aletha (Ray) Snow, Hazel (Howard) Snow and Ethyl (Lloyd) Deeter.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his sisters, Lorraine (Henry) Grandelis and Shirley (Stan) Pierson; and his sister-in-law, Marilyn McChesney (Jim); plus countless nieces, nephews, and friends made along the way.

He and his first wife, Norma McLure, were married until her passing in 1994. They shared the loss of an infant son, Richard Eugene, who died on April 18, 1953.

Gene found his true traveling companion when he met his second wife, Earlene Jeffries. They began their life’s journey by honeymooning in Paris and traveled the USA and the world together until her death in 2010.

Gene loved walking on a sandy beach and most of all traveling. He was able to enjoy these blessings to the very end of his life with the love and support of his stepdaughter, Wanda Jeffries.

It was on Feb. 17, 2019, in Hilton Head, South Caroline that Gene took his last journey to his beloved Earlene and Richard, his son, in Heaven.

True to his nature, Gene found a profession to suit his rambling soul, a railroad man. He was employed by CXS until retirement in 1993. He resided in Blasdell, New York until that time, then relocated to Oil City to be near his family.

Gene was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Oil City and had a close network of church friends. That network extended to the daily ritual of coffee “with the boys” at Spilling The Beans and McDonald’s.

All will miss his beautiful smile and gentle ways.

One of the Greatest Generation, Gene served his country during World War II, along with his brothers, flung across Europe and Africa.

He was part of the 1st Infantry Panzer Division rolling across some of the most hard fought battlegrounds, including the Battle of the Bulge and the Bridge at Remagen. As Gene would say, “We just kept moving along.”

At the end of the war, a young PFC McChesney was put in position to guard the Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg, when he became an MP. It was his assignment to escort the most heinous war criminals, such as Goering and Hess, in the Third Reich to the courtroom to meet their fates daily. He was able to collect the signatures of the most prominent Nazis with a smile and a pen.

Gene was recently honored along with other veterans in a ceremony in Meadville. He attended the ceremony in his original uniform, still in fighting shape.

He was always proud of his service and finally began to speak about his war experiences, and was recorded. To see his interview, please visit https://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK6eRsKWhn4 or visit http://www.youtube.com and search Eugene McChesney.

He had many hobbies besides traveling. He was a photographer, a musician, swimmer and square dancer. His stepdaughter, Wanda, made sure he enjoyed it all until the very end.

Now Arthur Eugene has taken his final journey to be reunited with his loved ones who have gone before him.

A memorial service for Gene will be held on April 12 starting at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 215 E Bissell Ave., Oil City, Pa. 16301.

Interment will be held at Brandon Cemetery, where Gene will be laid to rest with full military honors, accorded by the V.E.T.S. Honor Guard.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Gardinier Funeral Home, Inc., 1315 Chestnut Street, Franklin, Pa. 16323.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Gene’s honor to the First Presbyterian Church, 215 E Bissell Ave, Oil City, Pa. 16301.

To send cards, online condolences, or for more information, family and friends are invited to visit http://www.gardinierfuneralhome.com.


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