Chester Billman

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Chester Billman, 88, of Fargo, North Dakota, died Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at Sanford Palliative Care Unit, in Fargo.

Chester was born on November 21, 1924 to Burd and Marie (Baggett) Billman in Clovis, NM.  The family moved to southern California where Chester graduated from Corona High School.  He worked at Consolidated Aircraft and Government Quartermaster Depot Warehousing in Mari Loma, CA before being drafted into the Army.  After his discharge in 1945 he returned to work at Quartermaster's where he worked for 3 years.  He married Muriel Legler on May 15, 1948 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Fargo, ND.  He worked as a Service Advisor for 31 years at Wallwork's and retired in 1978.  He then began working for Fargo Public Schools driving the food service truck.  He loved this job and was there nearly 5 years before retiring again in 1984.  Chester enjoyed gardening and took great pride and pleasure in having a beautiful yard. He was a devoted member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and a member of the Eagle's Club.

 He was preceded in death by his wife (Muriel Billman), his sister (Aline Paine) and 3 infant brothers.

After the death of his wife, Chester became very close with his brother-in-law Doug Legler.  They loved to argue and tease each other, yet they would do anything for each other. They were truly the "Grumpy Old Men" as seen in the movie. Everyone who knew them would laugh at their antics.

 He is survived by his brother-in-law's (Doug Legler and Blaine Swanson), sister-in-laws (Geraldine Flynn and Beverly Berg), along with many special nieces and nephews.

Chester's kindness and generosity will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

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  1. I knew Chester from the Fargo Public Schools. He always had a smile and a pleasant word for everyone. I remember when he would proudly bring in a dessert Muriel had made to share with us. They were always wonderful.

  2. Chester ~

    We will never forget how you used to greet us with a smile as we came into church on Sunday morning, how you always made sure that our sons got the sign of peace from you, or took your missalette apart and crinkle the book to follow along with the readings. There is going to be a large void without you around, but we know that you can do so much more in Heaven then here on Earth. You will be dearly missed Chester.

  3. Mapleton ND
    Uncle Chester … We will miss you so very very much. Our family has great humor & we’ll miss laughing and telling jokes with you. I’m sure many have thought we were all crazy. During your illness, we named ourselves … “THE NIC Team. Janet, (NIC .. Niece in Charge), Connie, Lolly, and myself (ANIC .. Assistant Niece in charge). We are all going to miss you. Dad is going to be lost without you. Who’s he going to argue with now??
    Until we meet again … Love you … Pauline, Curt, Robby, Kelly, & Ava. XXOO

  4. West Fargo ND

    You brought alot of joy and happiness into my life. I will always remember how you and Muriel “adopted” me as you granddaughter since I did not have any grandparents. I will miss out lunches at Paridiso but most of all I will miss you. I love you very much.


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