Lt. Col. Robert Ray “Bob” Chedester
October 20, 1932 – October 11, 2022
Bob was born in Omaha, NE, but lived all over the world. He graduated from Central High School in 1950, and in 2006 was inducted into it’s Hall of Fame. In 1971 he graduated from the University of Omaha with a bachelors degree in general studies. After 20 years he retired from the U. S. Army, Core of Engineers. He became a helicopter and fixed-wing pilot serving 2/1 year tours in the Viet-Nam War. He helped engineers in 8 different countries in Central and South America map their countries. Later, he served with Air-Serve Int’l as a pilot and director to distribute food to the people of Africa. He did this for 4 years and then another 2 years in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Dorothy Chedester. He is survived by his brother, John (Molly) Chedester; his wife of 68 years, JoAnn Chedester; 3 children: Steve (Pamela) Chedester, Peter Chedester, Sharon (Kirk) Johnson; 5 grandchildren: Scot (Laura) Chedester, Alisha (Cody) Baines, and Candace (Kevin) Coe, Nathan (Amanda) Johnson and Kristen Johnson; 9 great-grandchildren: Morgan, Ryan, Braxton, Connor, Gabe, Asher, Robbie, Jaxson and Tobias.
Memorial Service: Monday, October 17, 2022, 2:00 p.m.
Military Service at The Omaha National Cemetery, 14250 Schram Rd., Omaha, NE
Following the ceremony there will be a time of fellowship and sharing at Kingsway Christian Church, 1106 S. 139th St. Omaha, NE 68144