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Chester J. “Chet” Lobitz

Chester J. “Chet” Lobitz, age 88, of Chaska, died Tuesday July 22, 2008, at his home.

He was born June 21, 1920, in Chaska, the son of Fred and Elizabeth (Zitur) Lobitz. Chet was baptized July 4, 1920, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chaska by the Rev. O. H. Schmidt, and confirmed at the same church April 9, 1933, by the Rev. Otto Kohn. His confirmation memory verse was “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto You.” Matthew 6, 33.

Chet was a graduate of Chaska High School, and a veteran of World War II.

He was united in marriage to Joyce H. Kelm Dec. 27, 1947, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chaska by the Rev. Otto Kohn. This union was blessed with three children: Cheryl, Richard (Rick), and Timothy. Chet and Joyce shared more than 60 years of marriage.

Chet He was a member of the Chaska VFW Post 1791.

He was a heavy equipment operator until retiring in 1986.

A loving husband, dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa, Chet spent his retirement as a handyman and enjoyed spending time in his workshop doing crafts and anything mechanical. He also enjoyed spending winters in Arizona, where he was an associate member of Christ Lutheran Church in Coolidge, Ariz.

Chet was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Elizabeth Lobitz; brother and sister-in-law Bill and Lorraine Lobitz; brother-in-law Roy Vogel; father-in-law and mother-in-law George and Hilda Kelm; brothers-in-law Roy and Wayne Kelm; and sister-in-law Dee Kelm.

He is survived by his loving family; wife Joyce Lobitz of Chaska; children Cherie (Ron) Tanghe of Eden Prairie, Rick (Connie) Lobitz of Glencoe, and Tim (Cindy) Lobitz of Otsego; grandchildren Chelsie, Gracie, Adam and Tracy, Chris, Danielle, Joey and Kari, Kevin and Jill, Jeanette, and Crystal; great- grandchilderen Madelyn, Emily, Ellexis, Zory, Maya, Jordan, Jaden, Gabby and Audrey; sister Helen Vogel of South St. Paul; sisters-in-law Lucy Kelm of Watertown and Nancy Kelm of Le Center; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service took place Friday July 25 at 11 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Excelsior, with the Rev. John Zahrte officiating. Interment with military graveside service was at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Chaska.

Casket bearers were Chet’s grandchildren Adam, Chris, Chelsie, and Gracie Lobitz, and Joey and Danielle Mielke.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com