Chester LeRoy Maki, age 90, of Hutchinson, died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at the Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center in Dassel.
He was born April 12, 1924, in Lawler, MN, the son of John and Hilda (Kallio) Maki. Chester was baptized as an infant June 25, 1924, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth June 8, 1941, in Thomson, MN.
He received his education in Lawler and Proctor, MN, and was a graduate of the Proctor High School.
Chester entered active military service in the United States Navy Dec. 27, 1941, in Duluth, and served his country during World War II. He received an honorable discharge April 15, 1947, in Great Lakes, IL.
Chester was united in marriage to Rosella “Sally” Haag Oct. 6, 1945, at St. Paul’s American Lutheran Church in Duluth, by the Rev. E.H. Schalkuauser. This marriage was blessed with five children, Jeanne, Steven, Donald, Suzanne and Brenda.
Chester and Sally resided in Great Lakes, IL, later moving to Hutchinson, in 1947. Chester and Sally shared 54 years of marriage until Sally passed away Dec. 19, 1999.
Chester served on the Hutchinson Police Department from 1947 to 1953. After retiring from the police force, he owned and operated Maki Painting and Decorating, retiring in 2005.
Chester was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. He was also a member of Hutchinson American Legion Post 96, and the Hutchinson VFW Post 906.
Chester enjoyed hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed visiting and telling his stories with his family, grandchildren, and friends.
He is survived by his children, Jeanne Tuman and her husband, Doug, Steven Maki and his wife, Marie, Suzanne Maki, all of Hutchinson, and Brenda Rydberg and her husband, Kent of Dassel; grandchildren Brian Tuman, Mark Slyter, Anna Slyter, John Maki and his wife, Heidi, Kelli Cull and her husband, Tom, Dawn Gillman and her husband, Brian, Rachel Kurtz, Carl Maki, Willie Maki and his wife, Michelle, and Vanessa Kurtz and her husband, Brett; great-grandchildren Austin Larson, Trevor Tuman, Claire, Olivia, Eli, Monty and Molly Gillman, Hannah, Mackenzie, Jackson and Carter Martinson, Henry, Lucy and Benton May, Bryce and Jaslyn Maki, and Grace Maki, Isaac Slyter; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
In addition to his wife, Sally, Chester was preceded in death by his parents, John and Hilda Maki; a son, Donald Maki; brothers Ed Maki, Arnold Maki, Ted Maki, Arnold Maki, and Donald Anderson; and sisters Turna Burr, and Helen Lyytinen.
Funeral services took place Thursday, Aug. 7 at 11 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, followed by interment at Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson with military honors provided by the Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad.
Visitation was Wednesday, Aug. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson; and continued Thursday at the church, one hour prior to the service.
Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson handled the arrangements.