Chester William Hoernemann, age 80, of Lester Prairie, died Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis
He was born June 2, 1939, in Bergen Township, the son of William and Ottile (Gruenhagen) Hoernemann. Chester was baptized as an infant June 18, 1939, by the Rev. Nussmann at Friedens (County Line) ChurchUCC in rural Norwood Young America; and was confirmed in his faith as a youth July 12, 1953, at Bergen Evangelical Lutheran Church in rural Plato.
Chester graduated in 1957, from Lester Prairie High School.
He entered the Army National Guard in Hutchinson Aug. 2, 1957, as a combat engineer. Chester continued to serve in the National Guard until his Active Guard Reserve (AGR) tour as a first sergeant in Roseville, from March 29, 1982, to August 31, 1983.
Following his AGR tour, he continued to serve in the Army National Guard as a master sergeant until Jan. 1, 1985, when he transferred to the Army Reserves. Chester served as a master sergeant in the Army Reserves until his retirement Nov. 20, 1996. He was awarded the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal and Minnesota Good Conduct Medal.
Chester was united in marriage to Dianne Lamay Pawelk June 5, 1982, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in New Germany. Chester and Dianne made their home in Lester Prairie, shared over 37 years of marriage. Their life was blessed with a combined family; Jeffrey, Todd, Sheri, Charlene, Bonnie and Debbie.
Chester owned and operated Chet’s Home Improvement for a number of years, but decided to further his education. He completed his undergraduate degree and then attended Alfred Adler graduate school and received a master of arts degree. He became a psychotherapist, and opened Step by Step Behavioral Counseling in Glencoe, specializing in anger management and domestic violence counseling.
Chester was an active member of Prairie Community Church in Lester Prairie. As his ministry to the church, he proudly served on the church council, holding the position of past president; sang in the church choir, and was always ready to grill hot dogs for the church’s ice cream social. Chester also served on the Lester Prairie School Board for 17-and-one-half years, and was the commander and sergeant of arms for Lester Prairie American Legion Post 463. In June 2019, Chester, with Dianne by his side, was the grand marshall of the Lester Prairie Days parade.
Chester enjoyed hunting and spending time out in the woods, surrounded by nature. He loved dogs and always had to have one or two in the family. Chester was a jack-of-all-trades who could fix, build, or create anything. He was happiest working on projects in the garage, and would often buy something new just to tear it apart so he could make it exactly how he wanted. Chester treasured the time he spent with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Dianne Hoernemann of Lester Prairie; children: Jeffrey Hoernemann and his wife, Sherry, of Plato, Todd Hoernemann and his wife, Kay, of Glencoe, Sheri Kohler and her husband, Jake, of Mound, Bonnie Roy of Chanhassen, and Debbie Bickmann of Howard Lake; grandchildren Jackson Kohler, Emma Kohler, Brandon Roy (Morgan), Alissa Roy, Amanda Noerenburg (Craig), Nick Habisch, Christy Karels and her husband, Joel, and Courtney Gueningsmann (Phillip); and great-grandchildren Tucker, Rylan, Josie, Cora, Charlee, and Adalinn.
Chester is also survived by a sister, Lois Banke and her husband, Ted, of Ashland, OR; niece Krista Banke; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Ottile Hoernemann; and a daughter, Charlene Anderson.
The funeral service took place Thursday, July 25 at 11 a.m. at Prairie Community Church in Lester Prairie, with interment to take place at a later date. The Rev. Al Fiene officiated, Alice Nowak was the organist. Congregational hymns were “America The Beautiful,” and “Just A Closer Walk With Thee.”
Military honors were provided by Lester Prairie American Legion Post 463, and the Army National Guard Honor Unit.
Casket bearers were Steve Kloempken, Lance Kloempken, Mark Kloempken, David Hoernemann, John Hoernemann, and Curtis Marks.
Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.mcbridechapel.com.