The Reverend Chester (Chet) A. Falby, 86, died Sunday, January 12, 2014, of complications due to pneumonia. He was born to the late Vern and Blanche (Nutting) Falby, May 27, 1927, in Clinton, Massachusetts. He served as an aviation cadet in the Naval V-5 program from 1945-46, and graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1948. He took his seminary training at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, graduating in 1951. Ordained in the Episcopal Church in June, he began his ministry in the state of Washington. In August of the same year, he married Deanne Bowman. In 1953, he returned to the East Coast to earn a master's in theology at General Seminary in New York City. During this time he served churches in New York and New Jersey. He also served as an archdeacon in the Diocese of Newark from 1959-62.
Fr. Chet served churches in the Upper Skagit River Valley, WA, from 1962. In 1966, he accepted the call to All Saints Church in Hillsboro, Oregon, followed by St. George's Church in Roseburg, OR. In 1992, they retired to Gearhart, OR. Fr. Chet served as interim priest at Calvary, Seaside, from 1998-99 and at St. Catherine's in Manzanita from 2000-02.
In addition to his love of worship, preaching and teaching, Fr. Chet liked to watch movies and garden. He was a Master Gardener. He discovered computers after retiring. Fr. Chet also worked at learning Spanish while helping minister to the Spanish-language community at St. Catherine's.
The Reverend Chester A. Falby is survived by his wife of 61 years, Deanne; brother Clifford with wife Canna Falby of Wakefield, RI. He is also survived by five children: John with wife Sandy Falby of
Salinas, CA; Matt with wife Ruth Falby of Salem, OR; Mark Falby w/partner Craig Jensen of Aurora, OR; daughter, Casey Titchenal; and Paul Falby w/partner Scott Edward of Portland, OR. His son Luke died in 1989. He is also survived by four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on January 22, 2014, at St. Catherine Episcopal Church in Nehalem, OR, (36335 Highway 101 N, Nehalem, OR) with the Right Reverend Michael Hanley, Bishop, presiding.
It was Fr. Chet's request that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to St. Catherine's Episcopal Church in Nehalem, OR. Mail to: St. Catherine Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 251, Manzanita, OR 97130.
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