Rev. Chester W. Rill Methodist minister

November 15, 1993

The Rev. Chester W. Rill, a Methodist minister and life member of the International Lions Club, died Friday night at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. He was 65 and had diabetes, chronic kidney problems and a broken hip.

Mr. Rill, most recently of Rockville, had volunteered as a counselor at the Rockville Chase Shelter for homeless men for the past four years. He also served on the shelter's advisory board, and was a member of the Rockville Community Ministries, an organization that aids the homeless and people facing eviction.

"He loved people," said his wife of 46 years, the former Ruth Stephan. "He gave of himself whatever he could."

Born in Hampstead, Mr. Rill graduated in 1952 from Western Maryland College with a bachelor's degree in sociology. Three years later he received a master of divinity degree from the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington.

During a 33-year pastoral career, Mr. Rill served churches in Carroll, Montgomery and Baltimore counties. He also worked as a loan officer at the Epworth Federal Credit Union in Glyndon for 17 years.

In his spare time, he participated in the Lions Club.

A member for 39 years, he had been president of the Gunpowder Lions Club, an officer in other chapters and chaplain for the district that includes the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince George's counties and Southern Maryland.

A viewing was planned from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Barber Funeral Home, 21525 Laytonsville Road in Laytonsville, where Lions Club members will hold a memorial service at 8 p.m. A second viewing will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow, followed by the funeral at 11 a.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Hampstead, at Carrollton and Wesley roads.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Rill is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Bell of Fullerton and Brenda Hejduk of Perry Hall; four sisters, Loretta Harris and Ethel Ray Willet, both of Westminster, Jean Hale of Manchester and Nona Utz of Fayetteville, N.C.; two brothers, Vernon L. Rill of Hampstead and Earl Lynn Rill of Westminster; and five grandchildren.

The family suggested donations to District 22C, Eye Bank and Research Foundation, 9470 Annapolis Road, Suite 417, Seabrook 20706.

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