Chester F. Bletch, 84, retired public relations and legislative affairs director of the Maryland-Virginia Milk Producers Association, died Dec. 14 in Suburban Hospital. He lived in Washington.
Mr. Bletch joined the Association as a butterfat tester and was a field representative before taking his last posts, which he held for about 15 years before retiring in 1972.
He was a past president of the Virginia Dairy Field Men's Association, the Virginia Council of Farmers Cooperatives, and the Federation of Business Associations.
Mr. Bletch served on the board of the D.C. Federation for Mental Health and was a member of the city's public health advisory council. He was a past president of both the Hawthorne and Rhode Island Avenue citizens associations.
He was a 1968 recipient of a meritorious public service award from the District government.
He was a past patron of the East Gate Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and a 60-year member of East Gate Masonic Lodge. He was a member of Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy H., of Washington; a daughter, Marjorie R. Schick of Silver Spring, and a sister, Jessie B. Malloy of Washington, and one grandchild.