Chesley (Chet) Wass
Chet was born on Feb. 3, 1934, the 12th of 20 children born to his father, William Wass, and mother, Amy Bays, at home in Mariposa, Calif. He died on March 9, 2017.
Chet attended school in Mariposa and was described by his family as “a happy baby and as he grew older developed a good sense of humor. He loved to play pranks on others and unlike most boys who got into trouble at home and school for being mischievous, Chet was most often in trouble for his uncomfortable fits of laughter when he got ticked about something or played a prank on someone.”
After a stint in the Army, Chet began his career in the construction industry with Bing Materials and moved with the company to the Carson Valley in 1965. He was employed with Bing for over 50 years. Due to his employment with Bing he was very involved in the development of our community and growth of the valley. In 1990 he opened Superior Lube and Car Wash and Auto Sales in Gardnerville and was also a co-owner in Dayton Materials in Dayton, Nev.
A longtime resident of the valley, he has been described as “a kind, loyal, hard-working family man, one of those old school guys that just aren’t around anymore with great values that he was passionate enough about to hand down to several generations.”
Chet is survived by his wife of 61 years, Janet (Richardson) Wass;, daughter, Terry Wass of Gardnerville; son Jeff Wass and his wife Jodi of Gardnerville; and five grandchildren, Kyle and his wife Alyssa Martinez, Shannon Martinez, Jessika Wass, Jaden Wass and Jakota Wass in addition to two great grandsons, Asher Martinez and his newest, Owen Chesley Martinez.
He was preceded in death by a son, Steven Wass, who died in June of 2002.
Please join us for a celebration of Chet’s life on Friday, March 17, 2017 at the Carson Valley Country Club Patio located at 1029 Riverview Dr., Gardnerville, from 5 to 6:30 pm. Make sure to bring your memories or any stories you would like to share about Chet.
There be a family memorial to be held in Mariposa on April 15. Details will follow.
Memorial contributions can be made in Chet’s name to the Douglas Center for Hope and Healing, 1528 Hwy 395 #215, Gardnerville, NV 89410.