Robert W. Chase

May 01, 1933
- July 02, 2005

PRUNEDALE, CA - ROBERT W. CHASE, 'Mickey', 72, with his wife by his side, died at home on July 2, 2005. Born Robert Wiley McGuire, May 1, 1933 in Bangor Maine, Mickey was survived by his loving wife Clara, his children Mitchell A. Chase, Capitola, CA, Sheree Chase, Kealakekua, HI & Mark W. Chase Prunedale, CA, grandchildren Maria L. Zimmerman Honolulu HI and Nicholas B. Chase Prunedale, CA, great grandchildren Lily & Asher Zimmerman, brother Merle Chase of Jacksonville, Texas, sisters Linda Chase (Mike Swalling) Anchorage, AK and Jane (John) Doble, Baltimore, MD, and numerous nieces and nephews, including his favorite nephew Joel Vail of Milo, ME. He was preceded in death by his birth parents James E. & Edna V. (Clark) McGuire, adoptive parents Abel and Laura J.
(Clark) Chase, an infant daughter and brothers Andrew Chase and Abel Lockwood Chase. Mickey was raised in the Maine woods in and around Caribou, Millinocket and Howland until the family settled in Milo in
1945. His family owned and operated the Chase Saw Mill in Brownville Junction until 1956 when the mill burned to the ground. Mickey graduated from Milo High School in 1952 where he played center for the Maine State Class M Champion Milo Panthers varsity basketball team 1949-1952. Folks in Milo will remember Mickey Chase's gregarious personality and his love for the game of basketball. After graduation Mickey married his high school sweetheart Clara Stanchfield and in 1952, shortly after the birth of his son Mitchell, he joined the Merchant Marine and spent the next year traveling between New England, Cuba and various ports in the Caribbean. After returning home in 1953 Mickey enlisted in the US Army and served stateside between 1953 and 1955. Mickey and Clara's daughter, Sheree, was born in the spring of 1955 while they were stationed at Norfolk Virginia and after his honorable discharge a few months later the family moved back to Milo. In March 1956 Mickey and Clara left Milo for Riverside California in search of opportunity for themselves and their children. They were joined six months later by Mickey's mother, Laura, sister Linda, and brothers Lockwood (Elizabeth) and Merle
(Betty Jo Stanchfield) Chase and nieces Pam, Peggy, Patti, and Penny Chase . In 1958, armed with his G.I. Bill, Mickey started college and attended Riverside City College and California State University at Fullerton, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching credential in 1962. In 1963 Mickey and Clara's second son, Mark, was born and in 1975 Mickey returned to college and earned his Master of Arts in Education from Pepperdine University. Mickey spent thirty-seven years in education. He started as an elementary school teacher and taught at every school level, elementary through high school, throughout his long career, including adult night school, and special education where he served as Special Education Department Chair. He spent the last sixteen years of his career as a high school Grade Level Coordinator (counselor) and retired in 1998 from Diamond Bar High School, Diamond Bar, California. Mickey returned to Milo many times over the years. He loved to show his children around town, introducing them to old friends and mentors and to regale them with tall tales of life in the Maine woods and his years growing up in Milo. He valued the lessons that these experiences taught him and he remembered and respected those individuals who helped him along the way and who encouraged him to make something of his life. He never forgot them or the place that helped to shape the person he became. Mickey Chase never lost that gregarious personality, he made friends where ever he went! He will be remembered for his unpretentious generosity, his love and fierce loyalty to family and friends and his lifelong commitment to making a difference in the lives of his students. A private gathering to celebrate his life will be held this summer in Southern California.


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