Chester "Chet" Burtt
Chester “Chet” Burtt, 73 of Oakhurst passed away peacefully on July 1, 2018. He leaves behind a legacy of service to others, love for his family, and kindness for all. Chet was a devoted husband, father and grandfather that will be forever missed by his family and friends. He was born on September 24, 1944 in Long Branch, NJ, the only child of Marie Williams Burtt and Chester Anderson Burtt. He grew up in a loving two-family household shared with his Aunt Rookie and Aunt Peggy, and his close cousins, Jack, Ann and Barbra. He joined the Navy as an enlisted man right out of high school, which could have been lonely except he found an amazing woman and letter writer in his wife of 51 years, Nancy Searles. Shortly after their wedding, their first child Katherine “Kati” Burtt Carr was born. Chet loved being a Dad and would sing and play guitar which Kati loved. Soon after, the Navy offered Chet the opportunity to become an officer, which included a full scholarship to Auburn University in Alabama, where his son Christopher Arthur Burtt was born. From there, the family moved to Virginia Beach, where Chet worked on many ships, including the USS America. His final duty station was at Earle back in New Jersey, where he retired with a honorable discharge after 24 years. He first worked for Monmouth County in Emergency Management Services, then Environmental Services for the Health Department. He earned his Masters degree in Computer Science at Monmouth University, then worked as a computer consultant that provided programs for the Army until he retired again.
But his life was so much more than his work. After retirement, he and Nancy had more time for family and friends, and especially their three grandchildren. From road trips with Evan to splashing in the pool with Benjamin and Meredith, he always loved being Grandpa. He had a lifelong interest in music, including playing trumpet and guitar. When he joined the Friendly Sons of Shillelagh in Belmar, he got a group together to learn to play bagpipes. The band he started is still going strong 20 years later with over 50 members, marching all over the state and abroad. After Christopher got remarried, he considered his husband Andres to be his other son. Nancy and Chet are dedicated members of the First United Methodist Church in Oakhurst, where Chet served as a Trustee. Their faith is something they have leaned on throughout their lives.
On a beautiful Spring day, you could find Chet helping Kati or Christopher clean up their yards after the long winter, or helping make home repairs. In the Fall, he and Nancy root for the Indianapolis Colts, they are lifelong fans.
Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Thursday, July 5 from 1-3 pm and 6-8 pm at Orender Family Home at 2643 Old Bridge Road in Manasquan, NJ. The funeral will be Friday, July 6 at 10 am at First United Methodist Church at 103 Monmouth Rd, Oakhurst, NJ. There will be a graveside service 2 pm on Tuesday July 10, 2018 at Brig Gen William C Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ. In lieu of flowers, the family would like contributions sent to the First United Methodist Church in Oakhurst. To send condolences to the family please visit www.orenderfamilyhome.com.