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Chester Knight Lynch Jr., 96, of California died March 11, 2013, at his home.

Born Feb. 23, 1917, in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Chester Knight Lynch Sr. and Elsie Sacksenheimir.

On Dec. 3, 1941, he entered the U.S. Coast Guard and proudly served his country until his honorable discharge on June 26, 1946, as a machinist mate first class. He was employed by the federal government as an electrician for 30 years until his retirement in 1972.

On April 7, 1950, he married Rose Marie Lynch. She preceded him in death on Feb. 1, 2013. Together they enjoyed 62 years of marriage.

He was a member of the Lexington Park Lions Club and the VFW. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, watching NASCAR and camping. He traveled extensively in his retirement with his wife. Some of his favorite travels included trips to China and Australia.

He is survived by his children, Denise M. Farmer (Joe) of California and David B. Lynch (Susannah) of Hollywood; and his grandchildren, Jacob Lynch of Hollywood, Benjamin Lynch of Hollywood, Christopher Farmer of Fort Hood, Texas, and Nathan Farmer of California. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Elsie Brady.

The family will receive friends Saturday, March 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown. A graveside service and interment will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 339, Lexington Park, MD 20653.