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Joseph Chidley, III

Joseph Chidley, III, 85, Clyde, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at T.J. Samson Community Hospital, Glasgow, Ky.

Mr. Chidley was born April 16, 1926 in Cleveland, to the now deceased Joseph Earl and Florence Louise (Fairfield) Chidley.

He graduated from Euclid High School in 1944 and Kent State University in 1950. He also served in the United States Navy during World War II.

Mr. Chidley, was a member of the First United Methodist Church; where he served as choir director for 38 years, the Bell Choir director for seven years; a member of the North Coast Band and Big Band; director of the former Voices of Whirlpool; member of the Singin' Swingin' Saxes; former member of the Board of Education of Clyde-Green Springs Schools; volunteered at Hayes Museum and the Memorial Hospital.

For many years, Mr. Chidley was the choir director at Clyde High School, retiring in 1979. He also had worked at banks in the area.

On May 4, 1951, he married the former Marian "Davey" Davis and she survives in Clyde, they had celebrated their sixieth wedding anniversary in Millersburg, the town they were married.

Survivors include their three daughters, Carole Chidley of Edgefield, SC, Sue Chidley of West Lafayette and Charlotte (Kit D.) Kuss of Valparaiso, Fla.; two grandchildren, Kristopher (Danyelle) Kuss and Kelsey (Austin) Noll also survive along with his brother, Ralph (Margaret) Chidley, of Old Saybrook, Conn.; and a nephew, Brian Chidley.

He was preceded in death by a nephew, Derek Chidley.

Visitation will be held Friday, July 1, 3 to 7 p.m., at Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, 218 S. Main St. in Clyde.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 2, 10:30 a.m., at First United Methodist Church in Clyde, with Rev. Ray Kovach officiating. Burial will be in McPherson Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church or to the Donor's Choice.

Online condolences may be sent www.auxterfuneralhomes.com.

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