Chester 'Chet' J. Timman
Chester “Chet” Jacob Timman, 88, of Brainerd, left this earth on Monday, April 18, 2011, at Carefree Living in Brainerd. Chet was born July 27, 1922, to Reinier B. and Mabel S. Timman in Norwalk, Ohio.
Chet graduated first in his class from Norwalk High School in 1940. He spent a summer in the Civilian Conservation Corps clearing brush and fighting fires in Yellowstone National Park. Chet enlisted in the Navy and served every day of World War II. He was an Aviation Machinist’s Mate Second Class spending the majority of his time at Pearl Harbor repairing aircraft. He arrived there shortly after the Japanese bombing in 1941.
After the war, Chet was riding his motorcycle to Washington state to reenlist in the Navy. While visiting with his aunt in Emily, Minn., he met Ione Scott and they were married in Brainerd on Jan. 7, 1950. Chet worked as a furnace and air conditioning repairman in Brainerd for many years with his business Timman Heating Service.
He was a Troop Master for Boy Scout Troop No. 47 and charter member of the Bee-Nay-She Bird Club. Chet was a member of the Royal Arch Masons Chapter 42 and Ascalon Commandery. He was a Lecture in the Masonic Lodge and received the Hiram award in 2001. Chet was known for his great memory and thoroughly enjoyed his more than 52 years as a Mason.
Chet leaves behind a son Bruce (Karen) Timman, of Plymouth, Minn.; daughter, Paula (Mark) Persons, of Brainerd; granddaughters, Jessica (Jim Schwefel) Timman, of McFarland, Wis., Jenna Timman, of Monticello, Minn., and Rachel Timman, of Plymouth, Minn.
Chet is preceded in death by his wife, Ione; his parents; brothers, Paul, Ralph, Vernon and Reinier Junior.
Chet will be truly missed by those who saw the twinkle in his blue eyes and enjoyed his great sense of humor.
Serevices will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, 2011, at Park United Methodist Church in Brainerd. Pastor Rory Swenson will be officating. Friends may call one hour prior to the services Friday at the church.
Family being served by:
Halovrson-Johnson Funeral Home, Brainerd