AUGUST 22, 1941 – APRIL 15, 2019
Chester M. Gould, 77, of Fort Smith, passed away on April 15, 2019, in Fort Smith.
Chet was born in Hartford, Connecticut, to John Edwin and Elsie Margaret Gould on August 22, 1941. He attended High School in Brookville, Pennsylvania, but joined the Marine Corps just weeks before graduating. He completed his education in the Corps, which molded a structure of integrity and justice for life. It was in the Marine Corps where he met the love of his life, Virginia Ann Ingram. They chose not to re-list, and were married on April 21, 1963, to begin their new life.
They lived a short time in New Jersey where their first child, Brenda, was born. They then moved back to Virginia where their second child, David, was born. The family later moved to Arkansas to be centrally located near family. Chet worked at several automotive dealerships as a mechanic before going to Breeden Dodge where he worked for 26 years before retiring to care for Ann.
Chet was a man of presence, a boiler full of steam, a revved engine, strong and ready for the task. Like a large grizzly bear, he made strangers wary but pulled acquaintances in close for a breath squeezing hug. He felt deeply and was not shy about sharing his feelings. Everyone knew what side of the line they were on with Chet. If you were loved, you were loved intensely with never a doubt, you had a lifelong ally that would fight for you to the death.
When Ann became ill he focused all his attention to her care and served her with all the love and energy he had. When Ann passed away December 28, 2017, Chet’s heart was broken. His passion and desire for life was buried with her. A true love story as real as it gets.
Chet was preceded in death by his Mother- Elsie Margaret Case; Father – John Edwin Gould; Brother – Samuel C. Whitaker. He is survived by his sister, Martha Breon of Port Orchard, Washington; his children, Brenda Gould Morgan (with Russell Morgan) of Siloam Springs, AR, and David Gould (with Tracy Gould) of Greenbrier, AR. Chet and Ann have six Grandchildren: Isaac Morgan (Nagahama, Japan), Eli Morgan (Springdale, AR), Jonah Morgan (Siloam Springs, AR), Moriah Gould (Conway, AR), Sarah Gould (Fayetteville, AR), and Jordan Gould (Greenbrier, AR) as well as countless friends.
Visitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00 on Wednesday April 17th at Edwards Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM Thursday, April 18, 2019, at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel, 201 North 12th Street, Fort Smith, AR. Burial will follow the service at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith at 11:00 AM.
Virginia Gould, Wife
Brenda Gould Morgan and husband Russell, Daughter
David Gould and wife Tracy, Son
Isaac Morgan, Grandchild
Eli Morgan, Grandchild
Jonah Morgan, Grandchild
Moriah Gould, Grandchild
Sarah Gould, Grandchild
Jordan Gould, Grandchild
Elsie Margaret Gould, Mother
John Edwin Gould, Father
Martha Breon, Sister
Samuel C. Whitaker, Brother
Randy Vines, Active Pallbearer
Jody Morgan, Active Pallbearer
Roger Morgan, Active Pallbearer
Gary Bates, Active Pallbearer
Jim Boatright, Active Pallbearer
David Gould, Active Pallbearer