Chester Van Zee

chester van zee

Chester passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at his home in Hillsboro under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley and his loving family. He was a patient of Sanford Dialysis Unit for 6 ½ years.

Chester was born on March 17, 1924 on a farm near Hunter, ND, the son of Bert and Freida (Thompson) Van Zee.  He attended country school and later Hunter High School.  Chester was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Hunter.  He was united in marriage to Jean Haagenson on April 8, 1951 at Bruflat Lutheran Church in Portland, ND.  They lived in rural Galesburg, ND for 54 years and were members of Elm River Lutheran Church and Gideons International.  He began farming with his father and continued farming until his retirement. He worked for Midwest Bean Company in Galesburg for over 10 years and started MayPort Recycling. Chester was a member of the Galesburg Elevator Board, Director of Elm River Credit Union, township assessor for over 30 years, a 4-H leader for over 25 years, and a member of the church council.  Chester was an avid horseshoe player, bowler, and loved attending auction sales. Chester and Jean moved to Hillsboro in December of 2004 where they have lived since and are members of Our Savior's Lutheran Church.

Chester is survived by his wife, Jean of Hillsboro; his children, Pam (Wayne) Koering of Hillsboro; Trish (Ernie) Brager of Cooperstown, ND; Clair (Laurice) Van Zee of Galesburg, ND; Crystal (Greg) Storhoff of Mt. Ayr, IA; and Joel Van Zee of Williston, ND; his grandchildren, Denise (Les) Nelson, Jessica (Nathan) Macejkovic, Nicholas (Tammy) Koering, Kathryn Van Zee, Charles Van Zee, Vanessa (Brad) Smith, Timothy Storhoff, Garrett Storhoff, Christopher (Alyssa) Petrie, Jerad Van Zee; and Schaan Van Zee; and his great grandchildren, Dontray Nelson, Zachary Nelson, Jonah Macejkovic, Isaiah Macejkovic, Byanca Smith, Angelina Smith, Shaylinn Smith, Sawyer Petrie, Faith Boden, Kaylee Pride, and Oaklea Thomas..  Also surviving are his sisters, Dorothy Haugen of Mayville, ND; and Donna Nash of Littleton, CO; brothers-in-law, Morris Nelson of Washburn, ND; and Earl Christianson of Portland, ND.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles; his sisters, Jennette Specht, Thordyce Nelson and Cornelia Larson; his parents; and brothers-in-law, Clyde Larson, Harold Specht, Carsten Haugen and Larry Nash; and sister-in-law, Joyce Christianson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley or to Gideons International.

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  1. Avon InDear Jean, Pam & Wayne, Pat & all the
    I am so sorry to read about Chet, you
    have been in my thoughts everyday
    since I moved out of Fargo and I have
    opened that little piece of paper to see
    what it is, why I am carrying it in my
    purse and I see it is your address so
    back it goes into my purse and I have
    been meaning to write.

    I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and Prayers and think about the times we spent sitting together at the dialysis center.

    Bless Julie for being able to arrange the
    visit at the Olive Gardens before I left
    Fargo, it was so good to see you. I will
    treasure your friendship forever.
    God Bless and comfort you.
    I Love you people

  2. Inkster ND
    Trish and family, My sincere sympathy to all. It has been quite a while since we have seen each other. Your father had an active life. He will be missed by all.

  3. Hunter ND
    Dear Vanzee Family,
    So sorry we will miss the funeral service! We’ll certainly be thinking of you all! Chet was such a good neighbor of ours for so many years! We’ll miss him as we know you will too! We’ll always remember his kind and gentle ways.
    Our sympathy to all,
    Mark & Donna Richtsmeier and family

  4. Miller, SD57362Our prayers and sympathy go out to Jean and her family in lost of Chet. May you feels God’s presence and comfort during this time of sorrow.
    Larry & Sherry Van Zee

  5. Grand Forks ND
    Thinking of you all and want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you all and hold you in his arms through this difficult time.

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