Obituaries, week of May 15: Chilton, Lindh, King, Günter, Asbury
December 21, 1954 – May 3, 2013
David Lee Chilton, 58, of Bryan, passed away Friday, May 3, 2013, in Temple. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013 at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 1101 Rock Prairie Road, College Station, with Deacon Mary Lenn Dixon, officiating. Interment will be in Heathsville, Virginia at a later date. Hillier Funeral Home is entrusted to his care.
David was born December 21, 1954 in Newport News, Virginia, the son of Robert Chilton and Ruth Lee (Martin) Chilton, growing up in Houston, Texas and graduating from Clear Lake High School in 1973. He was appointed to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1975, graduating in 1979 and serving his commission honorably for five years in law enforcement, port security and hazardous materials safety capacities. David went on to attend Rice University in Houston, attaining Master’s degrees in History and Education, then Duke University in Durham, North Carolina where he earned a Master’s in Divinity. He taught at the high school and college levels over the last 25 years in Charlotte, North Carolina; Northumberland County, Virginia and most recently in Bryan and Waco where he served on the faculties of Blinn College and McLennan College. A devout Christian, most recently active in the community of St. Francis Episcopal Church in College Station, David has been engaged over the years in choir and youth ministries, in catechism and in community outreach. A musician and a lay minister, a scholar and a teacher always—beloved by students, by friends and by family, and by all who came to know him—he is dearly missed.
David is preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Lee (Martin) Chilton. He leaves behind his father, Robert Gregg Chilton of Bryan; brothers, Donald Chilton and wife, Patricia of Houston, Larry Chilton and wife, Lori of Plantersville; one niece; six nephews; special friend, Margaret Friend and countless others.
Memorial contributions in David’s name can be made to any of the following: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 40, Heathsville, VA, 22473 www.ststephensheathsville.org; St. Francis Episcopal Church, 1101 Rock Prairie Road, College Station, TX 77845 www.stfrancisonline.org; or Heifer International, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202 www.heifer.org.
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H. Carl Lindh
H. Carl Lindh of Heathsville passed away May 9, 2013. Carl passed away peacefully surrounded by his family’s love. He had a very full life and was blessed with good health. Carl was only one week away from celebrating his 92nd birthday.
Carl was born in Terjarv, Finland in 1921. He came to America when he was 19 years old, and in 1942 he enlisted in the newly formed 10th Mountain Division ski troops in Colorado. Carl fought in the 86th Mountain Infantry in Italy on Riva Ridge and various other battles which helped weaken German strongholds in the Alps and hastened the end of World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star for displaying heroic valor during this battle. Carl remained a lifetime member of the 10th Mountain Division Association and an active downhill skier well into his seventies.
Carl worked as an expert carpenter in architectural woodworking companies throughout his life, but always found time to help build or refurbish the Lutheran churches to which he belonged.
Services were held Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Callao. Military rights were performed by the Reedville American Legion.
Carl is survived by his wife, Inge H. Lindh; son, Eric Lindh; step-daughter, Kathy Hoffmann; grandchildren, Alex and Chris Lindh, Jessica Lustig, and great-grandson, Toby C. Lim.
Memorial donations may be made to the H. Carl Lindh Memorial Fund, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1717 Hampton Hall Road, P.O. Box 576, Callao, Virginia 22435.
Vivian Coates King
Vivian Coates King, 88, of Warsaw, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Mrs. King was a retired Nursing Assistant at Tidewater Memorial Hospital and a member of Totuskey Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Webster King and her grandson, J. C. Fleming.
Survivors are her daughter, Dale Grenier and her husband Todd; two grandsons, Shawn A. Fleming and Charles Daniel “Danny” Fleming; two great-grandchildren, Tiffany and Tucker Fleming; and her special companion, Frisky.
Funeral services were held Thursday, May 9, 2013, at the Welch Funeral Home, Marks Chapel with interment in Totuskey Baptist Church Cemetery. Pastor Danny Maupin officiated.
March 15, 1948 – April 29, 2013
Rainer Günter died Monday, April 29, after a fall in his Woodbridge home. He was born in Worms, Germany, the son of Ernst and Elisabeth Günter. He attended Worms Staatliches Gauss Gymnasium and attended The Landes Berufschule for Papiermacher Gernsback Oskar Von Miller Polytechnikum in Munich and was employed as a paper maker. In 1972 he immigrated to Virginia to marry Betty Schreiner who had worked in Worms for the U.S. Army.
The couple settled in Woodbridge where he was a long-time employee of Woodbridge Plumbing. They were active square dancers for many years and members of the German Club of Northern Virginia, and the Northern Virginia Community College Stammtisch. They were members of Lutheran Church of the Covenant, Woodbridge, and worshiped at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in the Northern Neck. Rainer enjoyed traveling, cooking, fishing, and spending time at their Virginia Northern Neck home.
He is survived by his wife Betty (Schreiner) Günter of Woodbridge; his brother Karl-Herbert Günter and wife Gudrun of Worms, Germany; five nephews, and two nieces. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Rainer Günter Memorial Fund, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 576, Callao, VA 22435.
A memorial services for Rainer Günter will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 2, 2013, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1717 Hampton Hall, (2 miles west of Callao Route 202), Callao, VA 22435.
Martin Wayne Asbury
Martin Wayne Asbury, 64, of Farnham, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013. He was the former owner of Lively Market, a retired project manager for Lucent Technologies, and a U.S. Navy Veteran.
Survivors are his wife, Audrey Harper; two brothers, Donald Asbury of Clinton, TX and Dale Francis Asbury of Leesburg, FL; and a sister, Carol A. Pratt of Leonardtown, MD,
Services will be private.