Chester F. Prager, Jr.

November 13, 1921 - July 29, 2008

11/13/1921 - 07/29/2008

Past Services

Visitation
Friday August 01, 2008
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Wheeling
1400 Eoff Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-232-0330 | Directions
Service
Saturday August 02, 2008
10:30 am
St. Joseph Cathedral
13th and Eoff Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-233-4121 | Directions
Cemetery
Saturday August 02, 2008
11:45 am
Greenwood Cemetery-Wheeling
National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-232-0330 | Directions
Visitation
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Wheeling
1400 Eoff Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-232-0330 | Directions

PRAGER, Chester F. Jr. 86, of Wheeling WV, died Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at Peterson Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, Wheeling. Chester was born on November 13, 1921 in Wheeling. He was a member of St. Joseph Cathedral and was a retired employee of Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corp., Martins Ferry Plant. Chester served during WWII in the US Army 10th Armored Division Tank Corps and fought in the Battle of the Bulge under General George Patton. He was a member of the American Legion Post #1 Wheeling and the Cave Club. He was preceded in death by his father, Chester Prager; his wife of 58 years, Martha “Honey” Flatley Prager; two sisters, Pearl Wilson and Betty Kellas. Surviving are his daughter, Cheryl K. Garrison and her husband Donnie of Wheeling; his granddaughter, Lori L. Barr and her husband Greg of Wheeling; one brother, Jonny Prager of New Cumberland WV; his brothers in law, Pat Flatley and his wife Natalie of Weirton WV, and Thomas Flatley and his wife Dolly of Wheeling; several nieces and nephews and a special nephew, Kevin Flatley. Friends will be received at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff St Wheeling WV on Friday, August 1, 2008 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Vigil services will be held at 6 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:30 am at St Joseph Cathedral, Wheeling, Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery with military honors to be performed by the Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard. Chester loved his country and his family. God Bless is Soul. The family asks that memorial contributions be made to Catholic Charities 18th St. Center, 125 18th St. Wheeling WV. 26003. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at altmeyer.com.

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MARY E. REED & FAMILY
8 years ago

DONNIE, CHERYL,&FAMILY

MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO EACH OF YOU DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME OF LOSS. CHESTER, WAS A WONDERFUL NEIGHBOR BACK IN THE DAYS. YOU ALL ARE REMEMBERED IN MY PRAYERS DURING THIS TIME OF SORROW. MAY HE REST IN PEACE.

Lori L. Barr
8 years ago

Pappy,

You were the best grandfather in the world. I remember all our vacations to Myrtle beach. and when I was a little girl sitting on your lap with snoopy dog. You had a part in making me who I am today, And

I will never forget everything we talked about and How much you told me you love me. Until we meet agian

I love you Papa Love your grandaughter Lori L. Garrison Barr

Kevin Flatley
8 years ago

To my Uncle Chester:

The gravestone will read Chester F. Prager Born Nov.13, 1921 Died July 29, 2008 two absolutes, but it is the dash in between that I will pay tribute.

In his lifetime he experienced the Great Depression, a World War, advent of TV, Computers, and Cell Phones. He will be know as a Husband, Father, Grandfather, Father in-law, Brother, Brother inlaw, Soldier, Steel worker, and a Friend.

I speak of my Uncle in the highest regard. He was called to service for his country and fought boldly for Patton’s 3rd Army, 10th Division. He had three tanks shot out from under him and never received so much as a scratch, truly he had someone watching over him. He fought in the Battle of the Buldge, liberated concentration camps and finished at the Eagles Nest. He loved his country.

He was my John Wayne. A larger than life man that I had, and we all had, the wonderful opportunity to know. His love for his family was never-ending. His family was the center of his existance. He truly wanted the very best for us all.

Uncle Chester always shared his opinion…about the Steelers how he would say “Those bunch of bums”, politics, and life in general. He was a strong man of character, with equally strong convictions that I loved watching the game with, eating dinner with, and just talking.

I respected Uncle Chester for who he was; a strong man that worked hard in the Steel Mill, fought for his country, loved his family above all, and let you know exactly where he stood.

He became a friend, an advisor, and a father figure to me.

I will truly miss my Uncle, as we all will. I know he’s up in heaven with Aunt Honey and Uncle Bill Flatley, my Dad and will continue to watch over us, keep us safe and to want only the very best for all of us.

He will live on in my thoughts and actions.