Peter R. Chaston, 78, died Wednesday, June 15, 2022. Peter was born on December 31 1943, in the Bronx of New York City, NY to Peter P. and Stella (Boreski) Chaston.

Peter served in the Air Force as a weather technician and went on to obtain his bachelor’s degree in Meteorology/Oceanography from New York University. Peter was employed by the National Weather Service for 27 years, and during that time, obtained his master’s degree in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In Madison, he met his wife Mary and they married in Milwaukee, WI in 1977. During his time in the Weather Service, Pete developed the “Magic Snow Chart,” which is still used by the Weather Service to measure snowfall.

In retirement, Pete wrote weather books and taught classes in meteorology at several Kansas City local universities. Pete had a love of doo-wop music and volunteered at the local radio stations in Kearney and Liberty, MO. He also provided weather updates. Pete, with his family, also loved to travel and had visited all 50 states and 26 countries.

Pete is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter, Valerie Marsh of Kansas City; and grandchildren, Sophia (9), Jonathan (7) and Emily Marsh (3).

Pete was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Nick and Vicki (Chaston) Baglivi; and son-in-law, Andrew Marsh.

A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating Pete’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 24, 2022, at Church of Annunciation, 701 N. Jefferson St. Kearney, MO. A visitation will be held one hour prior to Mass. Private burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made on Peter’s behalf to his favorite charities: Church of the Annunciation or KPGZ 102.7 FM radio station in Kearney, MO. Condolences may be shared at

Arrangements entrusted with Meyers Northland Chapel.

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