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Chester W. Neuvonen

Born: Tue., Feb. 26, 1929
Died: Wed., Jun. 13, 2018


Memorial Service

1:00 PM Fri., Jun. 29, 2018
Location: Missoula Bible Church


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Stevensville - Chester W. Neuvonen of Stevensville, MT passed away peacefully at home and went to heaven to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on June 13, 2018 at the age of 89. Chester was born on February 26, 1929 on a dairy farm near New York Mills, MN. He was the youngest of eleven children born to Jalmer and Hilma Neuvonen. The family was part of the largest Finnish-American community in the U.S. He attended a two-room elementary country school where he learned to speak English. He then attended New York Mills High School and graduated in 1948. After high school, he worked in Duluth, MN for the Merchant Marine on the Great Lakes. In 1951 when the Korean War started, he was drafted into the Army. He was assigned to the Signal Corps working with radio equipment and decoding. This led to his interest in electronics. While on furlough at home for Christmas, he met Marilyn Pikkaraine, and they began to correspond. After his discharge from the Army in 1953, Chester and Marilyn got married on September 18, 1953 in New York Mills, MN. They enjoyed 64 years of marriage together. The couple moved to Minneapolis, and Chester attended Northwest TV & Electronics and graduated in 1956. They moved to Missoula, MT when he got a job at KGVO TV as a TV transmitter engineer. A few years later, he got a job at KIFI TV in Idaho Falls, ID. He loved western Montana, and so he commuted to Idaho Falls from Missoula one week on and one week off for 15 years. On his week off, they would explore the mountains, go fishing, and hunting. They moved from Missoula to rural Stevensville in 1972. In 1975, his job as a remote TV engineer on a mountain was automated. He worked on a variety of different projects until he retired in 1991. Chester is survived by his wife, Marilyn; their daughter, Marianne; three grandchildren: Joanna and her husband, Luke; Joel and his wife, Audrey; and Jeremiah; and five great-grandchildren: Zachary, Thira, Oliver, Erys, and soon-to-be born, Natalie. He was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters: Esther, Malida, Frank, Walter, Edna, Ernest, Melvin, Thelma, Violet, and Viola. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 29, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Missoula Bible Church in Missoula, MT.

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Linda Strong
   Posted Fri June 22, 2018
I'm writing cuz not sure if I'm able to come to service. Time has passed but think of you all often. He was so kind n funny n I always appreciated his stories n wisdom and his great kindness. He was definitely one of a kind. I learned alot from him. I always considered him the kids adopted Grandpa.

Mitch Rosenau
   Posted Fri June 29, 2018
I cannot say enough good things about Chester. Good friend, hunting and prospecting companion for many many years, a man who placed his faith in Jesus and has now gone on to be with his Lord, we will all miss him...

Justin Jetenberg
   Posted Thu July 12, 2018
Sorry to hear of Chester's passing, my condolences to all of his family.

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