MILTON — Chester E. "Chet" James, 76, of 1850 Broadway Road, passed away Wednesday, May 28, 2008, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, surrounded by his family.

He was born Sept. 19, 1931, in Milton, the son of the late Chester G. and Blanche (Boyer) James. He was married to Gail James, who preceded him in death in 1997.

He was a graduate of the Manlius Military Academy High School and Pennsylvania State University and was an Army veteran of the Korean conflict.

Chet was a very successful businessman, owning and operating the Greenleaf Fertilizer Co. in Washingtonville for a number of years. He was a member for more than 50 years of Grove Presbyterian Church, Danville.

Chet's greatest joy was spending time with his family. He often told them that we had some hard times but it has been a good life. His favorite car was the Corvette. Every Saturday, he would meet his friends for a special breakfast.

He is survived by one daughter, Tracey James Jeffreys of Danville; two sons, Chester E. James II of Lewisburg and Edward James of Enola; four grandchildren, Logan, Dana, Evan and Drue; and one sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Gerry Sanders of Riverside.

He was preceded in death by one son-in-law, Scott Jeffreys, in 2004.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Grove Presbyterian Church, Bloom Road, Danville, with his pastor, the Rev. Dr. Robert Andrews, officiating. There will be no viewing.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Odd Fellows Cemetery.

The family has asked that those wishing to do so may make contributions in Chet's memory to Grove Presbyterian Church.

The Brady Funeral Home Inc., 320 Church St., Danville, is assisting the James family.

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