Chester S. Deres Sr., a retired electronics engineer, died Sunday in St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville, Tenn., after a brief illness. He was 88.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Deres was a high school graduate and learned electronics and engineering while working at Bell Aerospace and Western Electric, where he did work in fiber optics. He retired in the late 1980s. One of the items he developed at Bell sits in the Smithsonian Institution.
He moved to Atlanta in the 1970s and had been in Nashville for about a year. He was a member of the Polish Union and enjoyed bowling, golfing and fishing.
His wife of 54 years, Laura Szewc Deres, died in 1993.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Ann Waterman of Centerville, Ga.; two sons, Chester S. Jr. of Centerville, Ga., and Donald of Stone Mountain, Ga.; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered today in St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Town of Tonawanda. Entombment was in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.