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Chester Paul Sanford

1963 - 2021


Chester "Chet" Paul Sanford, Jr., 58, of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away on May 18, 2021 at home in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Chet was born on March 19, 1963 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Chester Paul and Mary Martha (Davis) Sanford, Sr.

Chet was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps on May 18, 1983 attaining the rank of Lance Corporal.

He worked at Hurless Construction in Hastings as a framer from 1990 until 1992 and then went onto work at Marshall Brass as a machinist from 1992 until 1996. Chet continued his working career at Post Cereal in processing from 1996 until 2006.

Chet was active with UAW #1284 at Marshall Brass and served as head committeeman, he also earned his training certificate for Grievance Handling at UAW.

He liked to hunt and fish. Chet especially loved riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He was athletic and enjoyed high school sports, as he was a three- year varsity track athlete. A bit younger, Chet was an eagle scout and made six picnic tables for Kambly School for his community service project. He was also excellent at Tai Kwan Do competitions.

Chet is survived by his children; Amber Sanford of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Miranda Morse of Three Oaks, Michigan; his grandchildren; Hunter Gnodtke and Remy Reyna, his girlfriend; Pam Adams of Battle Creek, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister; Katherine Brown and his nephew; Trevor Brown.

A memorial service with full military honors will be held at 11:30 AM, Thursday, June 3, 2021 at Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan.

Memorial contributions are requested to Humane Society of South -Central Michigan.

Arrangements were entrusted to Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services 723 US Hwy 27 N Marshall, Michigan 49068. Please visit https;//kempffuneralhome.com to view the online obituary, to sign the online guestbook or to leave the family condolences.


Humane Society of South Central Michigan
2500 Watkins Road, Battle Creek MI 49015-8609
Web: http://hsscm.org/

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Suzy Frye Cook

June 7, 2021 6:40 PM

Im very sorry for your loss. I grew up with Chet. We were from the same neighborhood. May you find peace in his memory. God bless you.

Kyle Ploehn

June 5, 2021 5:51 PM

Sorry to hear of your passing Chet. Definitely some "interesting" memories from HS.
You made an impact in this city --- in many different ways --- Eagle Scout, BCC track, USMC.....From a fellow Vet and rider --- Ride free, Ride fast.....till we meet again in the hallowed halls of Valhalla....

Brenda Shaw Thornburg

June 5, 2021 4:28 PM

RIP Chet, fellow Bearcat and high school friend. I think of you and memories of our senior trip pop up. And I can’t help but smile. Nothing but perfect days ahead. Ride on. 🏍

DeeDee Behnke

June 1, 2021 6:30 PM

You were a awesome friend and a bf a long time ago. Your blue eyes where amazing.
My heart is so sad but I’m glad your pain is gone. Jump on that Harley and ride. ❤️

Tarolee (Thurston) Goodman

June 1, 2021 8:30 AM

Chet was a great big bother to me and my siblings.  I'm sorry we hadn't kept in touch over the years after Mary passed. I am so sorry for your loss.    

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