Longtime Alaskan and Kasilof resident Merlin Arthur "Mac" Chesney, 72, died Tuesday, June 8, 2010 surrounded by his family at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, June 11, at Soldotna Church of the Nazarene. Viewing will be one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will follow the funeral at Spruce Grove Memorial Park in Kasilof. Pastor Bruce Hardesty will officiate.
Mr. Chesney was born Feb. 26, 1938 in Luray, Kansas to Arthur F. and Elsie Earleen (Woodyard) Chesney. He graduated from Paradise High School in Paradise, Kan. He then attended Kansas State University in Hays, Kan. and Bethany Nazarene College in Bethany, Okla. He served in the U.S. Army from 1962 until his honorable discharge in 1965. He married Joyce Thompson on Aug. 31, 1973 in Soldotna. He established Mac Chesney Construction, building custom homes across the Kenai Peninsula. He was also the foreman of a construction crew on projects throughout Alaska. Mr. Chesney was a member of the Soldotna Church of the Nazarene.
"Mac will be remembered as a brilliant man. He was an inventor, engineer, Civil War buff, avid gardener and voracious reader. He was a devoted husband, a dedicated father, and papa to seven of the smartest and most adorable children in the world. He was a friend who stood ready to help with his work gloves and his tractor," his family said. "Mac's greatest legacy is his deep abiding faith in the person and atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. He lived his life with a confidence in God's word that inspired respect and admiration in all who knew him. "God clearly showed his favor on Mac by allowing him time for his family to gather, by granting two beautiful evenings of sharing and singing hymns together and by taking him peacefully when the time came."
Mr. Chesney was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Dean Chesney and a sister, Lily Chesney.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Chesney of Kasilof; daughters and sons-in-law, Joy and Brian Jones of Kasilof and Jewel and Jason Alvis of Seoul, South Korea; sons and daughter-in-law; Edward and Emily Chesney of Gresham, Ore. and David Chesney of Kasilof; brother, Arlin Chesney of Brownsville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Macayla and Brenden Jones, Eli, Denali and Isaac Alvis, and Elly and Evan Chesney.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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