Chester “Chet” Holden, 84, of Fergus FallsPublished 9:24am Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Updated 11:25am Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Chet was born to Oscar and Johanna (Engebretson) Holden on Feb. 22, 1930. He was baptized April 6, 1930, at Vang Lutheran Church and confirmed on May 28, 1944, at Zion Lutheran Church.
He spent his life on the family farm in Aurdal Township, the homestead his Norwegian ancestors had chosen generations earlier.
He attended rural school District 247 and Fergus Falls High School, receiving his GED while serving in the military.
Chet served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1958, when he was stationed in Verdun, France.
While in the service, he toured the Scandinavian countries and visited friends in Germany.
After returning to Fergus Falls he married Connie Kvern on Oct. 3, 1958, at Zion Lutheran Church.
Chet worked the family farm for many years, with an eye toward sustainable land management.
In 1989, he began working with StoneL in Fergus Falls as an assembly worker.
He enjoyed his work and made many new friends. He retired in February 2009.
He was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, the Sons of Norway and was a 4-H leader.
He also served as a sexton for Vang Cemetery Association.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, guns, wood carving, gardening and reading.
He loved to spend time with his grandchildren playing, reading and creating special memories on the farm. Chet, Connie and son Brad, were able to travel to Norway in 1997, to visit family in Norway and enjoying the beautiful country. Chet also enjoyed traveling to Wyoming and South Dakota with Connie after they retired.
Chet was a kind and gentle soul, and had a particular fondness of children and animals. He carried a twinkle in his eye to match his understated sense of humor. He was a most beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. We miss him very much.Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother and sister-in-law, Obert and Viola Holden; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lorraine and Clifford Pederson and Margaret and Kenneth Clambey.
Chet is survived by his wife, Connie of Fergus Falls; three children, John Holden and wife, Jennifer, of Sheridan, Wyo., Heidi Bardwell and husband, David, of Woodbury, and Brad Holden and wife, Lisa of Minneapolis; seven grandchildren, Aaron (Sarah Borgos), Justin, Brady and Kairstyn Holden, Elsa Bardwell and Isabel and Claire Holden; two great-grandchildren, Camden and Stella Holden; nephews, Gary Clambey, Larry and Orlyn Holden, Jim, Darrell and Gale Pederson; and a niece, Kathy Truax.
Memorials may be sent to Minnesota Veterans Home of Fergus Falls, The American Cancer Society or an organization of the donor’s choice.
Visitation: Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home, and one hour prior to the service at the church
Service: 1 p.m. Saturday, at Zion Lutheran Church, Fergus Falls
Clergy: Revs. Stan Satre and Nancy Eldredge-Hess
Burial: Vang Cemetery, rural Fergus Falls, with military honors provided by Fergus Falls V.F.W. Post 612 and American Legion Post 30
Funeral Home: Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls