Bert Chase spent a lifetime flying

Genny and Bert Chase shared a love of flying.

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Most boys have big dreams of one day being a fireman, professional ball player or astronaut. Bertram Chase wanted to fly planes.

There are very few little boys who get to live out their dreams. Chase was one of the lucky ones.

He spent his life flying, first for his country and then for pleasure with his wife, Genny. Chase was 88 when he died on January 20, 2021. His family and friends will gather July 17 at Claybrook Baptist Church in Weems to celebrate his life. 

“He loved aviation, loved his country, loved God and his family,” said Genny. “He was a very patriotic man. He spent 36 years defending his country and doing what he loved to do, and a lot of people aren’t lucky enough to do that.”

His friends and relatives in the Northern Neck knew him simply as Bert. Retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Henri Bertram Chase III was born in Kilmarnock in his grandmother’s house….

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