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Honor Mission
Chester P. “Kit” Carson, Retired
Springfield, Missouri – 02-18-19


The family of USA, USAR Colonel, Chester P. “Kit” Carson (retired), 75, has honored the Patriot Guard Riders with a request for an escort from the First and Calvary Presbyterian Church to this hero’s final resting place at the Rock Prairie Cemetery in Halltown, and to stand a flag line where full military honors will be rendered.
Hero Carson was born April 7, 1943, in Washington D.C., and died February 11, 2019.  He was a 1961 graduate of Parkview High School.  He was proud of his military service and retired as an Army Colonel in 1994.  He was the Battalion Commander of the 3rd and 75th Field Artillery Units, based in Fort Sill, Okla.  He also worked with the 5th US Army, 83rd Engineer Battalion. During his active duty segment, he advanced to the rank of First Lt. and earned the National Defense Service Medal and the Expert Marksman Badge. After those 2 years he logged an additional 25 in the USAR, retiring as Colonel.
Hero Carson received a Bachelor and a Master of Science degree in civil engineering and construction management from Mizzou.  He spent over 50 years in the construction industry as an estimator, engineer, superintendent and project manager. He was a member of dozens of professional organizations and served on the board of many of them including Ozark Greenways, Salvation Army, Boy Scouts of America, Construction Specifications Institute and Associated General Contractors Tax Committee. He was a lifelong member of First and Calvary Presbyterian Church and former Commodore of the Ozark Yacht Club. He is survived by his wife Martha of 52 years, 3 children, 10 grandchildren, 3 brothers and a sister, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Staging Time: 1:30 p.m.

First and Calvary Presbyterian Church
820 East Cherry St.
Springfield, Missouri 65806

Ride Captain:

Steve Simko, (210) 621-8623,

Special Instructions:

Brief: 1:45 pm.
Final salute: 2:00 pm.
Escort: 2:15 pm.  Our likely route will be via N. Benton to Chestnut Expressway west, continuing to Halltown on SR 266, then south on O highway to cemetery. 21 miles, 33 minutes.
Temperature will be mid 30s but no rain. As always, cages are welcome.
Graveside service: 3:00 pm.
Weather forecast:  35˚ and 0% chance of precipitation, wind 9 mph.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: Steve Simko
Position: Missouri Ride Captain

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  1. Michelle and I wish to pass on our sincere condolences to the family and friends of this American Hero. We would like to thank this Hero for your service and sacrifice in the protection of our freedom. You will not be forgotten. We pray you rest in peace.

  2. When we lose a loved one one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us.
    Our most sincere condolences to you.

  3. My wife and I wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of this true American Hero, US Army (Ret), Viet Nam Era Veteran, Colonel Chester P. “Kit” Carson. We thank you for your service to a grateful nation, may your family find peace in knowing you served proudly and comfort in the months to come. May you rest in peace for your mission is now complete. I salute you.

    Robert “Bob” White
    USA (Ret) 1SG
    Vietnam Era
    Ofallon, MO

    Riding in Memory of:
    F.C. White, Sr, Tec 5 USA, WWII (Father)
    G.A. Thompson, Pvt, USA, WWI (Grandpa)
    D.A. Thompson, CMCPO, USN (Ret), Korea (Uncle)
    G.A. Thompson, Sgt, USMC, Korea (Uncle)
    L. Norris, Msgt, USAF (Ret), Vietman (Uncle)

    Riding in Honor of:
    F.C. White, Jr, Ssgt USAF, Vietnam (Brother)
    F.C. White, III, Pfc, ARNG (Nephew)
    D.B. White, PO2, USN, Vietman Era (Twin)

  4. My wife and I wish to extend our condolences on your loss.

    We stand with feet planted firmly on rich soil knowing what freedom is. Because of our veterans, I am free to honor God and country without persecution. Where there is injustice, I am free to fight. Where there is silence, I am free to speak. Where there is hate, I am free to love.

    Your love one’s watch is over, may they rest peacefully in the arms of God.

    Bruce Berg, ISC, USN (Ret)

  5. My wife and I offer our deepest condolences to the family of an American Hero. His service and sacrifice to our country to preserve our freedom is not and will not be forgotten. I wish him Fair Winds and Following Seas. Your mission here is completed. Rest in peace, we have the watch!

    Joseph “Mustang” Bilodeau
    LCDR USN (Ret)

  6. I pray for comfort and spiritual healing for the family of a true American Hero. His service and sacrifice to preserve our freedoms will never be forgotten and for this I am thankful.
    ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
    Revelation 21:4

    Ricky Moceri
    Missouri State Chaplain
    Patriot Guard Riders

  7. I would like to offer my sincere condolences and prayers for your lost. May the peaceful moments and cherished memories bring you renewed strength. In the difficult days ahead do not let your heart be troubled your faith will keep you strong.

  8. From my family to yours… I pray your family and friends will find peace, during this time of sorrow in the loss of this US Army veteran. Our nation is grateful for your honorable service. Your service and sacrifice to our country should never be forgotten. We now stand for you as you once stood for us.

    Neil Hill “Nitehawk”
    USAF 1974-1978
    Riding in memory of…
    James “Bud” Hill, US Army… Brother
    SFC Mark Schroeder, US Army (RET)… PGR Brother & Ride Captain

  9. Truly an Officer and a Gentleman. My thoughts, prayers and condolences for this time of loss. We served together in Heilbron Germany and Fort Riley Kansas.

    James Lampe
    US Army 1 Lt. (ret)
    1966 to 1969

  10. My Condolences go out to family and friends of (Ret) US Army / USAR Veteran, Chester P. “Kit” Carson may you rest in peace and God be with you, Thank you for your service.

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