|Birth: ||Jun. 12, 1918|
South Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 19, 2008|
Chet Anderson, age 90, of Bemidji, MN died Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at his home.
Memorial Services will be 1:00 P.M. Saturday, December 13, 2008 at the Bemidji High School Performing Arts Center. A Memorial Gathering will begin at 12:00 Noon on that Saturday at the Bemidji High School Performing Arts Center. Services are entrusted to the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, Bemidji, MN.
Chet was born in a sod house near White River, South Dakota, and grew up on a ranch, which failed during the Dustbowl drought of the Great Depression. After doing itinerant ranch labor, he started college at the University of South Dakota, playing football and entering the Army Reserves.
He was called to active duty in 1940 and served stateside and in the Philippines. His orders to serve in the first waves of the planned invasion of Japan were changed after the dropping of the atomic bombs, and he instead served in the Occupation of Japan until his separation from the Army March 21, 1946.
Chet played football during his time in the Service, and once he returned to the University of South Dakota, he continued to play football while he completed his B.S.
While teaching and coaching high school in Momence, IL, he met Frances Kochar. The two were married on May 30, 1948. Chet and Fran moved to Minnesota, where Chet did a M.S. at the University of Minnesota. He taught and coached high school in Anoka, but his goal was to coach college football.
After a year at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, IA, he took a job teaching and coaching football and later wrestling at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, MN, where he served for 26 years until his retirement in 1981. He was coach and mentor to football conference champions, wrestling national champions, and students throughout his years of service at BSU. He was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame for his achievement as wrestling coach. The BSU football stadium was named after him in 1996, an honor initiated by men he had coached.
He was active in the community, a member of the American Legion, past-president of the Bemidji Bowling League, and organizer of the Monday-Wednesday-Friday golf games at the Bemidji Town and Country Club. He was known for his integrity and leadership. He was an avid golfer and bridge player, loving husband and father, and loyal and helpful friend and neighbor. He will be sorely missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hazel and Martin Anderson, his brother, Harold Anderson, and his sisters, Beatrice Anderson Hutchison and Phyllis Anderson Saul.
The family requests that donations be sent to the Chester Anderson Football Scholarship Fund, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN, in lieu of flowers.
Olson Schwart Funeral Home
(courtesy of contributor 47361312)
Martin Theodore Anderson (1890 - 1968)
Hazel Elvera Olson Anderson (1895 - 1990)
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