IN MEMORIAM: Chester E. Falby '60


The Rev. Chester E. Falby, Class of 1960, died January 12, 2014 of complications due to pneumonia at the age of 87. He was born to the late Vern and Blanche (Nutting) Falby, May 27, 1927, in Clinton, Massachusetts. Falby grew up in the neighboring town of Berlin, Massachusetts. He served as an Aviation Cadet in the Naval V-5 program from 1945-46 and graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1948. He began his seminary training at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, graduating in 1951. Ordained in the Episcopal Church in June, he began his ministry in the state of Washington. In August of the same year he married Deanne Bowman.

Falby returned to the east coast to earn an STM at General Seminary in 1960. During this time he served churches in New York and New Jersey. He also served as an Archdeacon in the Diocese of Newark from 1959-62.

Between 1953 and 1959 Falby and his wife, Deanne, had six children: John, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Paul, and a daughter, Casey. Luke died in 1989. After the children were born, Deanne, who already had her BS from Maryville College, went back to school and earned her degree in nursing.

The family returned to the Pacific Northwest in 1962. They settled in western Washington where Flaby served churches in the Upper Skagit River Valley. They later moved to Enumclaw, Washington. In 1966 he accepted the call to All Saints Church in Hillsboro, Oregon. While there he was responsible for developing a Volunteer Chaplaincy Program at Tuality Hospital.

From Hillsboro, Falby and his wife moved to St. George’s Church in Roseburg, Oregon where he served for 14 years. In 1992 they retired to Gearhart, Oregon. Falby then served as interim priest at Calvary, Seaside from 1998-1999 and later at St. Catherine’s in Manzanita from 2000-2002. He served as associate priest at both Calvary and St. Catherine’s. In 2006, they moved to Nehalem, Oregon. Since 2009 both he and Deanne served as chaplains to the retired clergy and spouses in the Diocese of Oregon.

In addition to his love of worship, preaching, and teaching, Falby liked to garden and watch movies. He was a Master Gardener, having taken the course in both Roseburg and Seaside. He discovered computers after retiring. Falby also worked at learning Spanish while helping minister to the Spanish-language community at St. Catherine’s. He loved the coast and even tried to get used to all the rain.

The Rev. Chester E. Falby is survived by his wife of 61 years, Deanne; brother, Clifford, with wife, Canna Falby, of Wakefield, Rhode Island. He is also survived by five children: John with wife, Sandy Falby, of San Diego; Matt with wife, Ruth Falby, of Salem, Oregon; Mark Falby with partner, Craig Jensen, of Aurora, Oregon; daughter, Casey Titchenal; and Paul Falby with partner, Scott Edward, of Portland, Oregon. He is also survived by four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services were held on January 22, 2014 at St. Catherine Episcopal Church in Nehalem, Oregon with the Right Rev. Michael Hanley, Diocesan Bishop, presiding.