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Chester Walsh

Chester Walsh, 91, of Park Rapids, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009 at home.

He was born March 8, 1917 to Edmund and Essie (Kimball) Walsh in Arago Township at their home near Dinner Lake north of Park Rapids. He attended country school.

As a young man, he cut firewood, which he split and hauled into Park Rapids to sell. Later, he gained employment driving truck for Nash Finch Grocery Wholesalers in Fargo, N.D., delivering groceries to stores throughout North Dakota.

On Feb. 22, 1941, he married Anna Mabel Eischens at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Two Inlets. They had four children.

He served in the U.S. Army as an amphibious engineer in the Pacific theatre of WW II. After his honorable discharge, he returned home and resumed logging in the Pine and hardwood forests near Park Rapids. His career spanned over 60 years and brought him into numerous timber tracts throughout this area. He operated heavy equipment in the woods and built roads to his logging operations with a John Deere 350 Crawler. He worked with Potlatch during his career. In 1985, he formed a partnership with his son, Mike.

He was a member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids. He was a member of the Park Rapids Lions Club, the Otto Hendrickson American Legion Post 212 in Park Rapids and the Guy L. McDermeit VFW Post of Menahga.

He is survived by his children: Bill (Bonnie) Walsh of Bismarck, N.D., Sue (Dave) Kordell, of Nisswa, Coleen, of Park Rapids, and Mike (Shelli), of Park Rapids; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Delores Elam, of Dayton, Ohio; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 2007; two sisters: Carrie Malm and Mabel Gulbrandson; and a brother, Harris.

Casket bearers: His grandchildren: John, Dan, Dylan and Kody Walsh, Amy Christensen, Katie Hanson, and Joe and Abe Hollister.

Honorary casket bearers: His great-grandchildren: Bethany Schneider, Caleb and Joshua Christensen, Wyatt, Noah, Levi and Isaac Hanson, Tristan and Koleman Walsh, and Gideon, Adelynn and Mae Hollister.

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial: 11 a.m. today (Wednesday), Jan. 21 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, with Father Thomas Friedl officiating. The organist will be Joy Horejsi and the music will be led by the Alleluia Choir.

Interment: St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the Star of the North Marine Corps League.