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Chester Hedin

April 1, 1919 — April 6, 2015

Chester Clifford Hedin, 96, of Two Harbors passed away April 6, 2015 at the Moose Lake Mercy Hospital.

He was born on April 1, 1919 to Erick Magnus and Elisa (Schlbostad) Hedin in Duluth, but lived most of his life in Two Harbors. After graduation from Two Harbors High School Chester also served in the CCC that did the stone work at Gooseberry Falls then served in the Army Air Corps during WWII.  He was a fireman and locomotive engineer for the DM&IR Railroad. Mallet Engine #229 on display in Two Harbors was one of the engines Chester ran.  Chester met the love of his life and married Iza Delores Carlson on December 21, 1946.

They were both members of the Sons of Norway, Save Lake Superior Association, and founding members of the Sugarloaf Association.  Chester was a member of the VFW and Iza the Ladies Auxiliary.  He was also a member of the American Legion and former member of the Moose.  They were former members of a square dance group called the “Gandy Dancers.”  Chester and Iza were members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church where he was a December usher for decades.  Iza was a member of many church circles and was a treasurer of all of them at one time.  They were both members of a bible study group for many years.  Chester and Iza both volunteered for Meals on Wheels and the Two Harbors Visitor Information Bureau.

Chester had a real passion for the sport of golf.  He and Iza were both members of golf leagues for a long time.  Chester was skilled at carpentry and basically a jack of all trades.  He enjoyed carving, making decorative driftwood pieces, collecting beautiful rocks, and reading and learning about many topics.  Chester and Iza enjoyed traveling, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and dancing together.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Iza in 2012; a brother Earl Hedin; and sister, Helen Reinertsen.

Chester is survived by his loving daughter, Barbara Ann; a cousin Dorothy Olson; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM Service Monday, April 13, 2015 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Two Harbors.


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