Judge D.C. “Chester” Kincheloe July 26, 1921 ~ April 9, 2012
Chester Kincheloe, 90, passed peacefully in his sleep from complications of dementia on April 9.
He was born to Orin Ray and Nettie Smith Kincheloe, in Oatmeal, on July
26, 1921. Ray and Nettie cherished little Chester because they had lost
an infant son prior to Chester’s birth. When Chester was 12, he and his
little sister, Rae Nell lost their mom from appendicitis, and became
very close, remaining so throughout their lives. When his father
remarried to Mamie Cromeans Warden he gained 3 younger stepbrothers,
Clement, Clarence and Doug and then a half brother, Andy Ray Kincheloe.
After graduating from high school in Oatmeal he proudly served our
country in World War II, in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a control tower
operator for the Flying Tigers and was stationed in various locations
over seas during his tour of duty. After the war his sister introduced
him to the love of his life, Winnie Spillers, at a drugstore in Burnet.
They married, May 18, 1951 and settled in Burnet. 7 years later,
Chester and his wife, adopted their only son, Dennis Lane Kincheloe.
For his entire life, Chester worked and was highly involved in his
community of Burnet Texas. He was a member of the Burnet Chamber of
Commerce and of Kiwanis. From the early 60s to the early 70s he owned
and operated the Burnet Bulletin Newspaper. He sold the newspaper and
opened Triple K (Chester, Winnie and Dennis) Printing. He then was
elected as Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2 and served dually in
that position as a municipal judge for the City of Burnet. As a life
long Democrat and a party member he was elected Burnet County Judge,
serving two terms. All during this 30 year span of time, he drove a
school bus and deeply enjoyed his time behind the wheel shuttling
children and band students to and from their schools, homes and events
all over central Texas. As a retired magistrate, he continued to serve
his community by marrying couples upon request and serving on the
Burnet Historical Society and Mount Zion Cemetery Association.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Winnie, his son Dennis and wife
Kim, grandchildren Kyra, Danton and Zane, and a host of cousins, nieces
and nephews living mostly in the central Texas area.
Chester was a social hound all of his life, loved to have a good time
by sharing a delicious meal, sharing stories of life and traveling,
driving vehicles of any kind to anywhere. He also was an adamant fan of
football, beginning with the Burnet Bulldogs, the Texas Longhorns and
the Dallas Cowboys, in that order. He was cherished and adored by all
who knew him. Who could forget the "Man in the Jumpsuit!”
Visitation will be at Edgar Funeral Home at 109 North Main, in Burnet from 6-8 p.m.. Wednesday, April 11.
Funeral services will be performed by his nephew, Pastor Mark Newton,
at the same location, at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 12 and internment will
follow at the Post Mountain City Cemetery, in Burnet.
Condolences may be made to Chester’s family at www.edgarfh.com.