William Russell Chesak

November 17, 1928September 19, 2013

William R. " Bill " Chesak died Sept. 19, 2013 at the age of 84. He was born in San Antonio, TX. Bill was the son of William J. and Verna Chesak, who he called the greatest parents in the world. Bill attended Dudley Grade school and El Paso High where he excelled in athletics. He was awarded most valuable player in District 4-AA and received all-state honors in 1945. He served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corp and went on to attend Texas Western College where he again, excelled in football. Bill scored the Miner's first touchdown in the 1950 Sun Bowl victory against Georgetown. Bill went on to a successful career in sales. He was inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992. Bill was preceded in death by his mother Verna Chesak and father William J. Chesak and brother Bob Chesak. He is survived by his son Russell, daughter-in-law Gina and grandchildren Matthew & Meghan. Services will be held privately by family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Miner Athletic Club at The University of Texas at El Paso, 500 W University, Kelly Hall 7th Floor, El Paso, TX 79968. Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West, 128 N. Resler Dr. El Paso, Texas 79912.


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Allison Ring

September 27, 2013

To the Chesak family, my condolences on the loss of William and other members. My father, John Ring, and my uncles, Jim and Edward Fager, were friends of his and played football with him at EPHS and UTEP. In their nostalgic moments, his name would often come up. I hope you are comforted by the face that he was so well loved in the community.

Joe & Mary Lou Corson

September 27, 2013

Bill, a true gentleman, always a smile and willing to help, very appreciative, enjoyed life, fun to be around, always had a greeting for everyone, and a great showman.
How can we forget when told that you needed a certain combination of dice “No problem” and roll the dice with a fancy flair and “See, no problem' or “can't win them every time.” “N 44” has a special meaning whenever called in Bingo, or “El Melon” or “La Corona” in Loteria. When the last bingo type game was announced that it would be a “cover all” game. Bill would announce “Coverall, Overall' giving the brand Wrangler a new meaning from his years in Sales. We always tried to have a Snickers available just for you. At the end of our games, we thank the players for playing with us. Bill always responded for the group “Thank you Mary Lou and Joe” making volunteering more meaningful.
Thank you Bill for letting us know you for a short while, you are greatly missed.

Mary Lou and Joe

September 24, 2013

Russell, so sorry to hear about Bill's passing, I remember seeing him with Dorothy Jones at the old Billy Crews and over near Sunland park at one of her other old haunts. What a delightful man he was and only friendly and nice to Bob and me. Sorry for your loss, Cousin Russell.
Marci and Bob Butchofsky
Ruidoso, NM

Mike Casey

September 22, 2013

Mr. Chesak.
Sir, as a fellow Marine I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served in the USMC. The history and accomplishments made by you and your fellow Marines back in the "Old Corps" are what all us Marines who have followed in your footsteps have always tried to live up to. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
Mike Casey USMC '85-'89