Soldotna resident Leslie Melvin Chastain died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 82.
A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. today, March 2 at Fort Richardson National Cemetery in Fort Richardson. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 4 at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center, 197 Park Ave. in Soldotna. Reverend Cameron Dockery will officiate. Military honors will be performed by the VFW Post No. 10046 and the American Legion Post No. 20.
Mr. Chastain was born March 18, 1924, in Klamath Falls, Ore. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps. in 1944, was transferred to the 97th infantry and served in the European Theater until World War II ended. He was then transferred to Japan and was part of the first troops to be stationed in Japan. Mr. Chastain was awarded the bronze star at a ceremony in Soldotna in 2005 for his service and injuries suffered in the war that he lived with until his death.
He had two sons, Jack and Harry. Mr. Chastain had volunteered in the printing office of the Apostolic Faith Church in Portland, Ore. for 30-plus years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He moved to Soldotna in 1998 to be near his niece, Kay Spakousky, and nephew, Ken Chastain.
Mr. Chastain was preceded in death by his son, Harry Chastain, who died of complications received in the Vietnam War; brother, Ernie Chastain; and sisters, Emma Frymire, Rena Hebert and Wanda Stanfill.
He is survived by his son and daughter in-law, Jack and Terrie Chastain of Webster, S.D.; grandchildren, Kimberly and Jody of Webster; great-grandchildren, Samantha and Zachary of Webster; brother and sister-in-law, Delmar and Gwen Chastain of Roseburg, Ore.; sisters, Lucille Cripps and Beth Goddin, both of Gresham, Ore. and Nadine Hall of Central Point, Ore.; nephew and niece-in-law, Ken and Terrie of Rockford, Minn.; nieces and nephews-in-law, Kay and John Spakousky of Maple Grove, Minn., and Joy and Rick Olson of Rhododendron, Ore.; great-nieces, Tami of Albertville, Minn., Cheryl of Albuquerque, N.M., Misty of Anchorage and Jackie and Charity of Maple Grove; and great-nephews, Jason of Wasilla, Michael of Monterey, Calif., and Paul of Maple Grove.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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