William Chester Kivett, 89, youngest of seven children of William Thomas and Mary Kivett, was born June 1, 1915, at Palace. He died Feb. 25, 2005, at Licking Park Manor.
Like so many children of the Depression, he went west with $27 borrowed from his sister. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps at Salt Lake City and worked on the flood-control levy on the northern end of the lake to created a wildlife refuge.
He worked at a lumber yard in Los Angeles a short time before joining the Marines in 1935. His first tour of duty was embassy guard at Peiping, China, from 1936 to 1938. He was first introduced to the Japanese Army invading China and Peiping. His second encounter was on Guadalcanal and throughout the Solomon Islands after the New Britain Campaign.
He was rotated back to the U.S., where he volunteered for experimental malaria research at Klamath Falls, Ore. While there, he met and married Wilma Nielson in 1945. They had three children
He ended his active Marine Corps duty in 1957 with 28 awards and medals.
After receiving his GED in the Marines, he attended Oregon State University, where he received a bachelor's degree in wildlife management. He became the first wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service in Region 9.
In 1967, he transferred to the Mark Twain National Forest in the Ava district. After the move to Missouri, he bought the land his grandfather, Joe Jaszarowski, had homesteaded. After his retirement in 1972, he moved to the farm at Beulah.
He was preceded in death by his wife.
Among the survivors are his three children, Aleda, Lyle and Franklin Kivett of Edgar Springs; and grandchildren.
Services were March 5 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Floyd officiating. Burial with full military honors was in the O'Malley Cemetery near Duke.
source: Houston (MO) Herald
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