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Chester Carl Lundeen

Chester Carl Lundeen, age 91, of Cokato, died Saturday, June 10, 2006 at his home.

Chester was born Aug. 16, 1914 in French Lake Township, Wright County, to Frank and Annie Lundeen. He attended Myrback County School.

Chester married Margaret Elisabeth Anderson March 15, 1946 in Blackduck, with the Rev. Melvin Lundeen officiating. Their union resulted in six children: Daniel Steven, Thomas Chester, Timothy Alan, Todd Charles, Jonathan Craig, and Mary Margaret.

During most of Chester’s adult life, he farmed with his dad. He started driving truck at a young age, and ran an egg route to several places in the Minneapolis area. He then started picking up cream from neighboring farms to deliver to the Cokato Creamery, where he also worked as a butter maker and boiler operator.

He also drove cattle truck for his brother, Ervin, and for several years, drove an ice cream truck for Browns Velvet Ice Cream in Annandale.

In 1949, Chester and his brothers, Ted and Ervin opened the Ferguson tractor dealership in Howard Lake. Chester then joined the Midland Cooperative in Cokato, and drove an oil truck for more than 26 years, delighting all the children en route with Tootsie Rolls.

Chester is survived by his wife, Margaret; sons Daniel, Thomas, Timothy, Todd, and Jonathan; daughter Mary; 16 grandchildren: Steve, Marin, Seth, and John Mark; Michelle, Nicolle, Ryan, and Brielle; Tessa, Clare, and Gust; Derek and Bethany; and Megan, Zachary, and Shawn; and 11 great-grandchildren: Hannah, Asa, Justin, Emalie, Evan, Miah, Madeline, Anna, Brett, Sam, and Rachel.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Ted, Earl, Ervin, Melvin, Clifford, and Richard; sisters Florence Johnson, Myrtle Johnson, and Irene Wessman; and grandson Eric Lundeen.

Funeral services were Tuesday, June 13 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Cokato with the Rev. Mike Nelson and Seth T. Lundeen officiating. Music was provided by Jan Ostroot, Nicolle Erickson, Floyd Brown, and Marin Lundeen-Maxon. Interment was in North Crow River Lutheran Church cemetery, rural Cokato.

Visitation was Monday, June 12 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., and continued Tuesday for one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

Casket bearers were Dan Lundeen, Tom Lundeen, Tim Lundeen, Todd Lundeen, Jonathan Lundeen, and Kenneth Thompson.

Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.

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