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Chester “Chet” Martin McGill

August 28, 1940 – February 4, 2021


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Chester “Chet” Martin McGill, age 80, passed away after a brief illness at Banner Baywood Hospital in Mesa, Arizona, on February 4, 2021.   

Chet was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota on August 28, 1940 to Albert Harley McGill and Jennie Mae (Woollard) McGill. He was raised on a farm in Alden, MN and graduated from Alden High School in 1959. He then traveled the world, including visits to Brazil, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and five tours to Antarctica, courtesy of the United States Navy. After leaving the service, Chet was a truck driver for over thirty years, and he retired from Lewis Truck Lines in 2000. Chet also was active in the Fraternal Order of Eagles in New Brighton, MN, and served as the president for one year. After retirement, Chet fulfilled his dream of buying a motor home and moving to Arizona, where he lived for the past 18 years.   

Chet was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and uncle. He cherished spending time with his brothers and sisters. He enjoyed going on cruises and trips with his companion, Faith. He adored his granddaughters and loved watching them in all their activities. He discovered a deep love of volleyball and was the biggest fan of AnnMarie’s and Holly’s volleyball teams, and he also enjoyed watching Jackie skate and Julia dance. Chet was easy going and fun to be around. His children and all loved ones will miss him tremendously.  

Chet was preceded in death by his parents, wife Diane Harrell McGill, sister Joyce McGill, brother and sister-in-law Richard and Deanna McGill and brother Garry McGill.   

Chet is survived by his daughters Jennie Steskal and her husband Mike, Katie Peters and her husband Mike, granddaughters AnnMarie, Jacqueline, Holly and Julia, brother Dale McGill and his wife Susan, sister Karen Segar and her husband Mike, companion and partner Faith Kozick, and six nephews and four nieces.   

A visitation is scheduled for 10:00 AM followed by a memorial service at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, MN.  

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  1. Colleen Berrier says:

    He is going to be missed! He was a great neighbor! Always smiling. RIP CHET!

  2. Nels & Elnora Christenson says:

    Chet was a good guy we always enjoyed seeing him and Faith. He will be remembered.

  3. Dale McGill says:

    He was a wonderful brother and will be missed so much. He was always
    with me as when we grow older. He enjoyed talking about the farm on highway 16 in Southern MB. And I think it was was one of the greatest moments of our lives.

  4. Jennie says:

    Hi Dad, Julia wrote you a letter.
    “I don’t know what to wright to you but here I try. It was really fun to get to know you and I love you very much. I’m very sad your not here anymore and I miss you very much. I drew a mushroom house for you. I hope you like it. I love you and miss you very much. From Julia.”

  5. Faith says:

    Chester you were a really good man and a good companion. I will miss you very much especially as I look at one coffee cup on the breakfast table.
    Fondly remembering you go with God.

  6. MARY HARMAN says:

    Faith yesterday i got the sad news about Chester i feel so lucky i had the pleasure of spending time with ye at Saint Georges CHURCH not to forget Thursday night Dinners at the legion i will never forget the great chat we had about your trip to Alaska my old home he made me feel welcome in Arizona RIP my friend

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Chester “Chet” Martin McGill

August 28, 1940 – February 4, 2021


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Chester “Chet” Martin McGill, age 80, passed away after a brief illness at Banner Baywood Hospital in Mesa, Arizona, on February 4, 2021.   

Chet was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota on August 28, 1940 to Albert Harley McGill and Jennie Mae (Woollard) McGill. He was raised on a farm in Alden, MN and graduated from Alden High School in 1959. He then traveled the world, including visits to Brazil, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and five tours to Antarctica, courtesy of the United States Navy. After leaving the service, Chet was a truck driver for over thirty years, and he retired from Lewis Truck Lines in 2000. Chet also was active in the Fraternal Order of Eagles in New Brighton, MN, and served as the president for one year. After retirement, Chet fulfilled his dream of buying a motor home and moving to Arizona, where he lived for the past 18 years.   

Chet was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and uncle. He cherished spending time with his brothers and sisters. He enjoyed going on cruises and trips with his companion, Faith. He adored his granddaughters and loved watching them in all their activities. He discovered a deep love of volleyball and was the biggest fan of AnnMarie’s and Holly’s volleyball teams, and he also enjoyed watching Jackie skate and Julia dance. Chet was easy going and fun to be around. His children and all loved ones will miss him tremendously.  

Chet was preceded in death by his parents, wife Diane Harrell McGill, sister Joyce McGill, brother and sister-in-law Richard and Deanna McGill and brother Garry McGill.   

Chet is survived by his daughters Jennie Steskal and her husband Mike, Katie Peters and her husband Mike, granddaughters AnnMarie, Jacqueline, Holly and Julia, brother Dale McGill and his wife Susan, sister Karen Segar and her husband Mike, companion and partner Faith Kozick, and six nephews and four nieces.   

A visitation is scheduled for 10:00 AM followed by a memorial service at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, MN.  

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6 responses to “Chester “Chet” Martin McGill”

  1. Colleen Berrier says:

    He is going to be missed! He was a great neighbor! Always smiling. RIP CHET!

  2. Nels & Elnora Christenson says:

    Chet was a good guy we always enjoyed seeing him and Faith. He will be remembered.

  3. Dale McGill says:

    He was a wonderful brother and will be missed so much. He was always
    with me as when we grow older. He enjoyed talking about the farm on highway 16 in Southern MB. And I think it was was one of the greatest moments of our lives.

  4. Jennie says:

    Hi Dad, Julia wrote you a letter.
    “I don’t know what to wright to you but here I try. It was really fun to get to know you and I love you very much. I’m very sad your not here anymore and I miss you very much. I drew a mushroom house for you. I hope you like it. I love you and miss you very much. From Julia.”

  5. Faith says:

    Chester you were a really good man and a good companion. I will miss you very much especially as I look at one coffee cup on the breakfast table.
    Fondly remembering you go with God.

  6. MARY HARMAN says:

    Faith yesterday i got the sad news about Chester i feel so lucky i had the pleasure of spending time with ye at Saint Georges CHURCH not to forget Thursday night Dinners at the legion i will never forget the great chat we had about your trip to Alaska my old home he made me feel welcome in Arizona RIP my friend

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