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Chester "Chet" G. Dejongh

December 11, 1933 July 5, 2019
Chester "Chet" G. Dejongh
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Chester Gale DeJongh of Cornell, WI peacefully went to meet his Dear Redeemer at his home on July 5, 2019.

Chet was born December 11, 1933 in Grand Rapids, MI to Magdalene (Prins) and Robert DeJongh. After graduating in 1952 from Sexton High School in Lansing, MI, he attended his self-proclaimed “A” school, Michigan State, receiving his doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1958. He started his vet career in Cornell, WI alongside his friend/classmate, Art Jarvis when they inquired of the state where there was a need for a vet in Wisconsin. Initially, there was only enough work for one so Chet worked for the Tuberculosis Eradication Program. Later he returned to Cornell where he did vet work until 1996.

On September 3, 1960, he married Sharon Rivard. They were blessed with three children, David, Kurt, and Susan along with fostering Duane, Jane and Lois. Over the years he became known as Chet the Vet to farmers and a large part of the area who appreciated his sense of humor and strong work ethic.

Chet spent years serving on the Cornell School Board and Church Council at Our Savior’s Lutheran. You could often find Chet in the sports scene-whether it was playing fastpitch softball or watching his Spartans, Badgers, Packers, and Brewers. But some of his favorite times were being a spectator at his children’s and grandchildren’s events. He was faithfully in the stands-cheering, coaching, and reffing all at the same time. You could also find Chet hunting, snowmobiling, boating and at 9:30 drinking coffee and shaking dice with his buddies.

Strong in his faith, Chet served his Lord through his care for the pets and livestock of his veterinary clients and in his love for his family. He often quoted Philippians 1:21, “to me the only important thing about living is Christ and dying would be my reward.”

Chet is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Sharon, and his children, David (Shelley), Kurt (Barbara), and Susan (Paul). Also survived by his grandchildren-Addyson, Bryce, Stephanie (Adam), Rachel, Molly, Sydney (Jonah), Jay, and great-grandchild, Gabriel. Other surviving family include his sister Donna (Arlen), sister-in-law Inez, and many other in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

Chet was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jerry, as well as, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Stephen and Evelyn Rivard.

A Funeral Service to celebrate Chester’s life will be held at 11:00 am Monday, July 15, 2019 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Cornell, with Pastor Vern Weeks officiating. Visitation will be at the church Sunday, July 14, 2019 from 3:00-7:00pm and one hour prior to the service on Monday. The committal service will be privately held at a later date at the Cornell Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Building Fund and Eau Claire Mayo Clinic Health System-Hospice.

A special thanks to Cheryl, Val, and Karrie of the Eau Claire Mayo Hospice for their dedication to our family.

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3:00 PM 7/14/2019 3:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 7/14/2019 7:00:00 PM
Our Saviors Lutheran Church

201 S. 6th St.
Cornell, WI 54732

Also one hour prior to service on Monday at the church.

Our Saviors Lutheran Church
201 S. 6th St. Cornell 54732 WI
United States

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11:00 AM 7/15/2019 11:00:00 AM
Our Saviors Lutheran Church

201 S. 6th St.
Cornell, WI 54732

Officiated by Pastor Vern Weeks

Our Saviors Lutheran Church
201 S. 6th St. Cornell 54732 WI
United States

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