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Robert Lee Chestnut

Robert Lee Chestnut, 77, of Lucasville passed away Thursday, March 14, 2024 at Southern Ohio Medical Center.

He was born September 19, 1946 in Portsmouth, a son of the late Daniel Frank and Mollie Moore Chestnut.

Bob was a graduate of Valley High School class of 1964, received his Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University in 1969 and his Master of Education degree from Xavier University in 1971. He retired from the Valley Local School District in 2001 with 35 years of service, 7 as a teacher and 28 years as Elementary School Principal.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Glen McManis; and two sisters, Nancy Fairchild and Kathy Fyffe.

Bob is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rita Preston Chestnut, whom he married June 11, 1964 in Lucasville; one daughter, Rachelle (John) Kinkead of Westerville; and one son, Robert K. Chestnut of Columbus; one granddaughter, Mollie Anne Kinkead, all of whom were the love of his life.

Robert was a longtime member of Fairview Missionary Baptist Church of Minford. He loved serving his Lord and Savior in many positions, some of which were deacon, song leader, custodian, and especially 35 plus years as adult Sunday School teacher. Robert was a 50 year member of the Lucasville Masonic Lodge and a former Demolay Dad for four years. He was a charter member of and Past President of the Lucasville over 50 Club and a Lifetime member of the Lucasville Historical Society.

Funeral services will be conducted at 12 noon, Monday, March 18, 2024 at Fairview Missionary Baptist Church with Nahum O’Brien officiating. Burial will follow in Lucasville Cemetery. Friends may call 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the McKinley Funeral Home in Lucasville and again an hour prior to the service Monday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fairview Missionary Baptist Church, PO Box 198, Minford, OH 45653, or a charity of your choice in Robert’s name.

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