Chester Eugene Ely, 79, passed away on June 13, in Yuma, AZ, formerly of Monroe City. He was the son of the late Chester Penn Ely and Virginia Lorraine Ely. He was the beloved husband of Julie Salandra Ely of Providence, RI. Chet also leaves behind sons, Jerald Ely, Chester Ely II, Brian Ely, Step-Son David Rowe, Step-Daughter Lori Salandra. Grandchildren Candace Ely, Ashton Wolfe and Ace Ely. Step-Grandchildren Amber (Rowe) Marquart, Melissa Rowe, Angelique Southern and Dominique Southern and sister Sandy Schwieter of Monroe City. He was preceded in death by his son Jimmy Ely, brothers Larry and Ronnie Ely and sister Elaine Spalding.
He was born in Hannibal, on August 7, 1939. He graduated from Monroe City High School in 1957. While in high school he played football and basketball. The basketball team was undefeated and was the number one high school team in the State of Missouri. He also signed a Minor League contract the same year with the St. Louis Cardinals and played ball in Keokuk, Iowa until 1959. Shortly after he joined the United States Army and played basketball and softball in Aberdeen, Maryland.
In the military, Chet was on the sharp shooter team for both the rifle and carbine, which he received a medal for both. While in the service he was transferred to the Nevada Test Site. While there he started as a catcher and played in 4 ISC World Softball Tournaments in Rock Island, IL. After leaving the service he played baseball for several Las Vegas teams. He also began racing in Nascar and got started by another ball player, Bobby Clawson, at the Craig Road Speedway where he met his best friend, Jimmy Sanderson. They traveled together and raced at tracks in Nevada, California, Arizona and Colorado. He retired from racing in 1999.
Chet was also a Southern Nevada Referee and Pop Warner Commissioner.
He was part owner of Dwayne’s Auto Wrecking, and also owned Ely’s Automotive and the Brass Shoppe in Las Vegas.
He became an Electrician in 1966 and retired from Electrical Workers IBEW in 1999. While an electrician, he was on the Credit Union Board Negotiating Committee and was President of the Local 357 Retirees.
Chet built two homes in Nevada, two homes in Utah, plus owned property in Arizona.
After retirement, Chet became a shareholder in Black Mountain Golf Course and was on the Board of Directors there.
Chet did a great deal of traveling in his motor home with his boys and first wife, then with his wife Judie and their dogs. They moved to Pahrump, NV, in February 2006 and spent the winters in Yuma, AZ, where they also own a home.
Chet wants everyone to remember all the good times they had and to enjoy a day of celebration of his life.
In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.
Visitation Services will be held on June 29, from 3-7 p.m. at Palm Downtown Mortuary, 1325 N. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101. Funeral services will be held on June 30 from 11-11:30 a.m. Reception form 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on June 30.