Curtis J. Chesmore – Manchester

Manchester – Curtis J. Chesmore, 78 years old, of Manchester, Iowa, died on Sunday, October 25, 2020, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was born on July 5, 1942, in Independence, Iowa, the son of Kenneth Elza and Elinor Huberta (Walter) Chesmore. He graduated from high school in Independence with the Class of 1960 and then attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, for a short time. He married the former Nancy Kay Keenan, and they were later divorced. In 1998, He and the former Shirley Mae Meyers were married in Independence. Mr. Chesmore was a farm machinery salesman with Hand Implement in Independence and Bodensteiner Implement in Rowley, Iowa, until he retired in 2016. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Independence.

Mr. Chesmore enjoyed country music, playing cards, hunting, and farming. He especially enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, and attending their school events. He was active with the 4-H organizations and was a member of the 4-H Hall of Fame.

Mr. Chesmore is survived by his wife, Shirley, 1 son, Scott (Amy) Chesmore of Moville, Iowa, 3 daughters, Marsha (Billy Banks) Chesmore and Jennifer (Gary) Lynn, both of Kansas City, Missouri, and Rachel Chesmore of Houston, Texas, and 2 step sons, Rick (Connie) Tibbott of Manchester, Iowa, and Rock (Marie) Tibbott of Delhi, Iowa. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Clayton Chesmore, Jessica Conklin, Ryan Lynn, Jacob Lynn, and Cole Smith, 1 great granddaughter, Kaylynn Conklin, 6 step grandchildren, 9 step great grandchildren, and 2 sisters, Bette (Don) Butler and Brenda (Rick) Greiner, both of Independence, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Private Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 30, 2020, at the First United Methodist Church in Independence with Rev. Paul Evans officiating. The service will be live streamed on the church’s web site and can be accessed at Burial will be in Quasqueton Cemetery in Quasqueton, Iowa. Friends may call for visitation from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29th, at the White Funeral Home in Independence. The family will not be present. A Memorial Fund for local 4-H groups has been established and can accessed through PayPal at On line condolences may be left at White Funeral Home of Independence is in charge of arrangements.


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