As the holiday season approaches, the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce is busy preparing for this year’s downtown Washington C.H. Christmas parade.
Themed, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the parade will be led by grand marshal and World War II veteran, Bob Estle.
Born in Fayette County, Estle lived with his family until his mother’s death in 1930. He and his sisters were placed in the Fayette County Children’s Home for approximately one year until their move to Brooklyn, NY with grandparents.
In 1935, Estle and his family moved back to Fayette County where his father opened a store on Elm Street. Bob and his siblings attended Washington Court House City Schools.
Estle enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1941 and served in the Pacific until his honorable discharge in 1945. He said that his time in the Marines granted him the opportunity to meet and serve alongside some of the finest men and women he has ever had the honor of knowing.
Estle and his late wife, Donna, have one daughter, two granddaughters and six great-grandchildren. He is an active member of the Heritage Memorial Church and currently spends his spare time writing a book about his World War II experiences — namely the invasion of Peleliu.
Whether as a spectator or an entrant, the Chamber is inviting everyone to the annual Christmas parade on Sunday, Dec. 1. There is no cost to enter the parade, and entry forms are available on the Chamber website (www.fayettecountyohio.com) or at the Chamber office, located at 206 E. Court St.