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Chester Norman Barnett, Jr. “Chooch”

September 14, 1942 - April 16, 2019

          Chester Norman Barnett, Jr. “Chooch”, age 76, of Newark, DE, passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.

          Born in Wilmington, DE on September 14, 1942, he was a son of the late Chester Norman and Anita (Redmond) Barnett, Sr.  Chester graduated from Conrad High School and then worked for B & O Railroad as an engineer, retiring after 23 years of dedicated service.

          A history buff, Chester enjoyed discussions about the Civil War and WWII.  He was a life member of Aetna Hose Hook & Ladder Co., and prior to joining Aetna he was a member of the Elsmere Fire Company No. 1, Minquas Fire Company and Wilmington Manor Volunteer Fire Company, Station 28.  Chester was an avid musician who enjoyed participating in marching band, drum & bugle corps and fife & drum corps.  He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren participating in each of them.

          In addition to his parents, Chester was preceded in death by his son, Adam Barnett.  He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Marjorie Ellen Barnett; daughter, Eve Marie Minner (Carl); brother, Jeff Barnett; and grandchildren, Haley Gill and Brendan Minner.

          A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am.  Interment will be held privately.

          In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Chester’s memory to Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder, Co., 31 Academy Street, Newark, DE 19711.

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8 Condolences for Chester Norman Barnett, Jr. “Chooch”

  • Chester and Marge were in the Conrad High School Alumni Band with me, and I have fond memories of practicing and marching together prior to our numerous parades. Sending prayers & hugs to all. Carol (Gilbert) Ford ’69 Flute

  • I am so sorry for your loss…..Ches (Skipper) and I grew up together when we were kids….his mother (Anita) was my mother’s (Marie Loveless) 1st cousin….his grandmother (Verna) was my grandmother’s sister (Edith)….again so sorry for your loss…..

    Linda Loveless

  • I first met “Barney” as we knew him years ago at Wilmington Manor Fire Company, and later at Aetna H.H.&L. where he also belonged. I saw him through the years, and he always has a good story to tell. I was saddened to hear of his passing and send my most sincere condolences.

  • Al and I have such wonderful memories of “Choo-Choo” and all our fire company adventures at Aetna. He was so full of fun stories and was a whiz a Pacman, back in the day.The summer company picnic just won’t be the same with out him. Hugs and prayers of comfort for you all.
    Al and Diane

  • Dear Barnett family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with “Skip” at the Railroad as well as Chester Sr.
    We had some good times & I am so sorry I never got to see him after he left.
    If you need anything, feel free to contact me at my email adresss.
    I’m not sure if I will be able to make the service, but my prayers are with you all!
    God Bless you especially on this day of mourning.

  • I worked with Chester on the B&O/CSX Railroad a log time ago. I was very shocked and saddened to here of his passing.
    My condolences to his family and friends.

    Rick Maguire
    (retired engineer )

  • Marge, You know we all in the Conrad Alumni Band are praying for you and your family during your time of loss. We were proud that Chester was part of the Band, Cymbals! I talked to you about the Alumni Band and getting you back. Please email me your information, email, address, phone number. I’ll keep you informed of class reunions, etc.

    Thanks, Joyce Irwin

  • On behalf of Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company, our condolences go out to Marge and the rest of the Barnett family on the passing of Chooch. A mentor and a heck of a driver and pump operator for Aetna. Wish we still had guys like him around.