November 24, 1921 ~ September 28, 2010
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.