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H. Chester “Chet” Haverstick – Age 104

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On May 2, 2022 @ 8:58 am In Obituaries | 5 Comments

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Henry Chester Haverstick, born February 2, 1918, of Manor Township, passed on to his Heavenly home on April 28, 2022 at the Mennonite Home. He was the son of the late Harvey and Ada Stauffer Haverstick. Orphaned at the age of 10, he was raised by his newly married uncle, the late Benjamin G. and Martha Stauffer.

The mother of his five sons was Elizabeth (Betty) Lyons Haverstick who died in 1980. He is survived by his wife Laura Zimmerman Haverstick, and his sons James K. (Miriam Newcomer) and J. Robert Haverstick, all of Lancaster; four grandchildren Andrea (Jerry) Lehman, Douglas (Dixie) Haverstick, Maria Fountain, Patricia Haverstick (Kreg Weaver) and 9 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were three sons Harold C., David L, and Glenn R. Haverstick, one grandchild, Lisa D. Haverstick, and his two brothers, Benjamin S. and H. Lester.

Faith was important in Chester’s life and he was a life-long member of the Millersville Mennonite Church.  Chet supported the mission of Friendship Community and helped to establish several group homes.  Three of his sons resided in Friendship homes. He had been a member of the Gideons International, Lancaster South Camp. At the urging of some friends, Chet self-published the story of his life at age 93, “My Life as an Inventor, Parent, Partner”.

Chester was very mechanically gifted and co-founded Haverstick Bros. as an automobile repair shop with his twin brother Lester in 1946.The business evolved over the years into a welding and machine shop, specializing in hydraulics. The Haverstick brothers enjoyed the challenge of repairing difficult mechanical problems! They held a US Patent for a hydraulically operated load handling system for trucks, which they invented. Today that business is operated by the third generation as Haverstick Bros. Hydraulics.

Family and friends are invited to attend his funeral service on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at the Millersville Mennonite Church, 437 Manor Ave, Millersville, PA 17551. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Interment will immediately follow at the Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 2024 Marietta Ave, Lancaster PA 17603. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Chet’s honor to Friendship Community, 1149 E Oregon Rd, Lititz, PA 17543.


Condolences for the family of “H. Chester “Chet” Haverstick – Age 104”

Condolence from Joyce G. Zimmerman on May 2nd, 2022 5:25 pm

I will lovingly remember what Chet said to us (Joyce Z. and Joyce S.) as we were leaving from our last visit 3 weeks ago. In a very peaceful manner and gentle smile, he looked at us, and said “HE knows”. I clarified with him that he meant God the Father knows all things, and he nodded in affirmation. Chet then said “I love HIM”. That brought tears, as I pondered Chet’s beautifully profound, and sweetly simple testimony of complete trust in his Heavenly Father. We will miss Chet! Love and prayers, Mel and Joyce Zimmerman

Condolence from Mr. & Mrs . Jay Haverstick on May 3rd, 2022 9:24 am

The Haverstick Family, Our thoughts and Prayers are with you. What a wonderful Life. He was a kind and gracious person. We always enjoyed doing business with him.

Condolence from Michael Nauman on May 4th, 2022 6:48 pm

Haverstick Family , What a great guy Chester was. It was my pleasure to know him. What a great legacy he left. My sincere condolences.

Condolence from Christine M Stull on May 6th, 2022 9:12 am

Chester was perhaps the kindest most gentle man I had ever had the honor to know aside from my own grandfather. I got to know him very well in the 30 years I worked for him and was always struck by his deep sense of charity to others in need. I was delighted beyond description when he gifted me a signed copy of his autobiography and after reading it thoroughly felt as though this was indeed a very special individual who endured terrible tragedy and loss during his life. Many would have become bitter but Chester instead became a more giving and sympathetic individual.
This world is a colder place without Chester in it.

Condolence from Wesley E Frey on May 8th, 2022 1:21 pm

For some, their testimonial is in the form of a star placed upon a sidewalk. Although I did not know Chet personally, but having read his autobiography, — I believe his legacy was known around town by his ambitions, good deeds, and Christian faith. He will be missed.

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