Chester Patrick Askay
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Chester Patrick Askay
  • March 17, 1921 - June 11, 2017
  • Ventura, California

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C. P. (Pat) Askay, 96, passed away peacefully at home on June 11, 2017 surrounded by his family following a long and courageous battle with kidney disease. Dad would be the first to admit that he lived such a long life due to the love and attention showered on him by his wife of 74 years.

Dad was born and raised on the family farm in Spooner, Washburn County, Wisconsin on March 17, 1921 to Chester Emmet and Sara Jean (Zakzaska) Askay. His family moved to Minnesota in 1935. He graduated from North High in Minneapolis in 1940 where he met the girl who would soon become his lifelong companion.

Like a lot of young men from the Greatest Generation, Dad enlisted in the Army during World War II. As a Staff Sergeant home on leave before being shipped off to Officers Candidate School; Dad married the love of his life, LaVonne Morin, on April 26, 1943 at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Minneapolis. During the war effort his young bride traveled across the country by train to be with him at his various posts. After the war, 2nd Lt. C. P. Askay returned to Minneapolis to start his family.

In 1952, he moved his family to Southern California and settled in Canoga Park. He spent most of his working life in aviation industry management. Dad and Mom moved to Ventura in 1974 to be closer to their two sons. Once in Ventura he attended Ventura College where he finished his A. A. Degree. Dad was involved in politics for many years. He and Mom were invited guests at President Kennedy and President Clinton's Inaugural Balls and festivities, which they attended.

In 1976, Dad began working for the Ventura County Fair. After retiring as Fair Assistant Manager, he became a California State Employees Association labor representative for 12 years. In 2001, Gov. Gray Davis appointed him to the Ventura County Fair Board of Directors. He remained a Director on the Fair Board for 14 years. Dad also served as a volunteer at the Ventura County Fair for 40 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, James Askay of Minneapolis and Michael Askay of Fillmore. He is survived by his sister, Donna (George) Stedman of Harlingen, TX; sisters-in-laws, Phyllis Askay and Aileen Morin of Minneapolis and Patty Askay of Camarillo and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Dad will be deeply missed by his loving wife, LaVonne; sons, Steve (Cheryl) and Greg; grandchildren, Michelle, Mike (Danielle), Sean (Melanie), David (Bethany); and great grandchildren, Scotty, Cassandra, Matilda, Fletcher, Mable, Emelyn and Nina.

We wish to thank our father's many care givers, neighbors and friends as well as the nursing staff at Fresenius Kidney Care and Livingston Memorial Hospice for their kindness and assistance.

The family will be holding a private memorial service to celebrate his life. Dad will be interred at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA 93003. Condolences may be sent to TedMayrFuneralHome.com.