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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. He was awarded the Antarctic Service Medal. 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.