Chester L. Toso, 75, formerly of Fergus Falls

Published 8:26am Wednesday, October 3, 2012 Updated 12:30pm Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Mgysgt Chester L. Toso, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired, 75, formerly of Fergus Falls, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nev.

He was born May 14, 1937, in Pelican Rapids, to Henry and Gladys (Olson) Toso. He was baptized and confirmed at Maplewood Lutheran Church. He attended country school in Maplewood Township and graduated from Pelican Rapids High School in 1955.


On July 25, 1958, he married Donna Koharu (Noda) in Japan. They had three children: Calvin, Deborah, and Naomi.

Chester spent 26 years in the United States Marine Corps and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. After his military service, he moved to Fergus Falls where he worked as a caretaker for a Catholic cemetery, handyman at the Pioneer Home, and service manager at Fergus Motors, before procuring the position of Veterans Service Officer for Otter Tail County.

During his time in Fergus Falls, he also earned his associate of arts degree from Fergus Falls Community College.

He retired to Las Vegas, Nev., in 1999.

While in Fergus Falls, Chester was a member of First Lutheran Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and various other civic organizations.

In Las Vegas, he was an active member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church and volunteered for the IRS helping low income families file their tax returns.

Chester enjoyed several hobbies, but delighted spending time with his family

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and sister, Evangeline Cooper.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Toso; a son, Calvin (Marilee) Toso of Lexington, Ky.; daughters, Deborah (Todd) Hine and Naomi (Patrick) Rajsky, both of Las Vegas, Nev.; brothers, Gerhard (Donna) Toso, Michael (Darlene) Toso and Mark (Susan) Bond, all of Fergus Falls; a sister, Verna Lindberg of Fergus Falls; six grandchildren, Ashley Dow of Las Vegas, Nev., Christopher (Tiffany) Toso of Huntsville, Ala., Alissa Youngblood, Joshua Toso both of Lexington, Ky., Tatum Rajsky and Chip Rajsky, both of Las Vegas, Nev.; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held Sept. 18, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Las Vegas, Nev., with the Rev. Phillip Shuart officiating.

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