Funeral Time: Friday, January 18th at 7:00PM
CHESTER “CHET” PITT CARE of Lexington, KY, son of the late Chester and Mary (Theis) Care, passed on December 30, 2018. Chet was preceded in death by his loving wife of 52 years, June Fairbaugh Care in 2007 and his second wife of 7 years Catherine Sue Care in 2018. Chet is survived by his four children: David (Mary) Care of Lexington, KY; Linda (Tom) Crowder of Chicago, IL; Laurie (Doug) Stephenson of Winchester, KY; Lisa (Parresh) Watson of Winchester, KY. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren: Courtney, Kristen, Austin, Shelby, Audrey, Coleman, Dylan, Taylor and Dallas. He is survived by his sister, Gayle (George) Carter of Franklin, MD and his brother Ronnie of McKeesport, PA. Chet was born October 24, 1930 in McKeesport, PA. He graduated from McKeesport High School in 1948 and attended Penn State extension college; earning a degree in Building Construction in 1950. After serving in Korea, Chet attended the University of Pittsburgh and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1958, with a BA in History and Geography. He also received a Juris Doctor Degree in 1968 from the University of Kentucky. In 1954 Chet married his long-term sweetheart June Fairbaugh. They first made their home in Pittsburgh where he completed his college degree. Chet accepted a job in Tulsa, OK in the new area of City planning, he then moved to the position, Chief of Planning for Syracuse, NY. Chet moved to Lexington, KY in 1962 as Director of Planning Service. After many years in Urban Planning Chet became an attorney and began a long and successful legal career spanning from 1968 to 1995. During this time, he also served as Judge Pro-Temp under Judge Robert Stephens and Public Administrator for Lexington and Fayette County. Chet was admitted to practice before the KY courts, KY district courts and the US Supreme Court. Chet served honorably in Korea from 1952-55 in the Army Security Agency and was discharged with the rank of Sergeant. This service combined with his interest in history led to a lifelong passion to share the story of the Korean War, in particular the sacrifice of those who served. He was member of Man of War Post #8 of the American Legion and later Post #7 of Frankfort serving on the executive committee. He was also commander of the Korean War Veterans association chapter 219. Chet’s interests were many including travel, movies, dancing and musical theater. He traveled throughout the world (over 30 countries) including a legal exchange program to the USSR and teaching position in China. He went to any musical he could and could sing the words to most popular tunes. In addition, he was a free and accepted Mason and longtime member of lodge #1 and #160 of Lexington Kentucky. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019, at 7 o’clock PM in the Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, 3421 Harrodsburg Rd, Lexington, KY. There will be visitation preceding the service beginning at 4 o’clock.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Wounded Warriors Project; the Gary Sinise Foundation; or charity of one’s choice.