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William Kent Chase

Died: Tuesday, February 25, 2003
Grosse Pointe Woods resident William Kent Chase, 88, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, at St. John Hospital in Detroit.

Born in 1915 in Detroit, Mr. Chase graduated from the University of Michigan in 1938 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. While in college, Mr. Chase played goalie for the Varsity hockey team.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the battle of Iwo Jima.

He was the founder and former owner of The Chase Company General Contractors with his brother. The company was responsible for building the Grosse Pointe Neighborhood Club, Parcells Middle School's pool, Harper Woods City Hall, the addition to Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church and the addition to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Mr. Chase was a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men's Club and various clubs involving fishing, golf and investments. He was a member of the parish of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church.

He was an avid University of Michigan football fan.

He is survived by his wife, Aralie; his daughters, Suzanne (Ernest) Werle and Nancy (Lowell) Davis; and his grandchildren, Michael and Heather Werle and Laura Davis.

He was predeceased by his twin brother, Edward C. Chase, Jr.

A funeral service was held on Friday, Feb. 28, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Arrangements were made by A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 375 Lothrop, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
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