CHESTER BELKHOLM

C. Belkholm Web PhotoChester Belkholm, of Braham, passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the St. Clare Living Community of Mora. He was 84 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at Braham Covenant Church with Rev. Steve Jennisch and Rev. Steve Thompson officiating.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at the Rock-Ingebrand Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church.

INURNMENT will be at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Brunswick.

Chester Charles Belkholm passed away on September 7, 2013 at St Clare Living Community in Mora.  He was 84 years old. 

Chester was born February 8, 1929 to Albert and Nancy (Swanson) Belkholm in Braham, MN.  He was baptized and confirmed at Hope Lutheran Church in Grasston.  He attended Brunswick School through grade eight and went on to graduate from Mora  High School in 1947.  In 1950 he joined the Navy and after boot camp in the Great Lakes he was stationed in Norfolk, VA where he served on the USS Orion AS-18 as an electrician.  He was honorably discharged in 1954 and came home and took over the family farm.   While farming he attended Agricultural classes in Mora that were sponsored by the U of M Extension Service.

On August 24, 1957 Chester was married to Violet Ekberg at the Estes Brook Free Church in rural Milaca.  They continued to work and live on the family farm until retirement.  They have three children:  Connie, Kevin and Carol.

Chester was active in many agricultural organizations.  He was on the board for: Farm Bureau,  Kanabec County Co-op,  Kanabec Soil & Water,   Brunswick Creamery and Store,  Land O’ Lakes Creamery in Mora,  Grass Lake  Township Board  and also served as a director on the Land O’ Lakes Corporate Board in Mpls .  Farming was his passion and nothing brought him more joy than to bring in a good crop in the summer and fall.

He was a member of the Braham Covenant Church where he served as chairman during the building of the new church.

Chester was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Nancy Belkholm; his brother, Roy and Vivian Belkholm; brothers and sisters-in-law: Florence and Manly Swanson,  Gladys and Ernie Brink,  Raymond and Elaine Ekberg  and Reuben Ekberg.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Violet; children, Connie (Doug) Smith of Mpls, Kevin ( Tammy) Belkholm of Braham, Carol (Rev. Steve) Thompson of New Richland, MN; nine grandchildren:  Erica Belkholm  (husband Kenny Blake), Mike, Ross and BreAnna Belkholm, Tyler Smith (wife Rosalyn), Graham Smith, Ellen, Autumn and Ethan Thompson;  one great-granddaughter, Coraline Blake; brothers and sisters –in-law: Leroy and Irene Ekberg of Milaca, Alvin and Elsie Johnson of Foley, Donna Ekberg of Anna ,TX, Glen and Ruth Ekberg of Rockford, IL,  and Darryl and Mildred Carlson of Rockford, IL; nieces, nephews, cousins and many  friends.

Memorial service was held on September 11, 2013 at the Braham Covenant Church with Rev. Steve Jennisch and Rev. Steve Thompson officiating. Music was furnished by Sharon Hohn and Mitch and Dianne Lundeen. Honorary Urn Bearers were: Dan Beckstrom, Kenneth Belkholm, Jim Evenson, Art Huebner, David Mattson, Glen Sawyer, Pete Stewart, and Marvin Strandlund. Inurnment was at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Brunswick. Arrangements by Rock-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham.

4 guestbook entries for CHESTER BELKHOLM

  1. Judith Kadlec September 9, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    In our thoughts & prayers – Sincere sympathy in the passing of your dear loved one – was a caring man & community minded in his day –
    Ron & Judy Kadlec

  2. Jill/Paul Ungrey & Diane Preston September 11, 2013 at 6:45 am #

    Dear Violet and Family, Our sympathy to you all in the loss of a wonderful man. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Deepest Sympathy.

  3. Jewel Johnson September 19, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    Violet and Family,

    I am sorry to hear about the passing of Chester. I have fond memories of visiting your farm. When I think of Chester, I think of a kind and caring man.

    My sympathy to you and your family.

    Jewel

  4. Laurie Barber September 27, 2013 at 3:22 am #

    Violet and Family my deepest sympathies in the passing of Chester. God Bless and comfort you..

    Sincere Sympathy
    Laurie

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