Floyd Chester “Chet” Wahlen, 90, of Aberdeen passed away Monday, July 18,
2011, at his home.
Chet was born Jan. 15, 1921, on the farm where he still lives. He was the sixth child of seven children born to Fred and Alma Malmstrom Wahlen. He was welcomed into the family by two brothers, Clarence (Clix) and Ferris and one sister, Mabel Phillips Gull.
Chet started school at Grandview in 1927. In 1934, when he was in the seventh grade, his father died suddenly of a broken appendix. Ferris stayed home from school to help with the family farm so Chester could finish the eighth grade.The next year Chester stayed home to help with the farm so Ferris could finish high school. Chester returned the next year and finished ninth grade in Grandview and then went to Aberdeen to attend high school. He loved all sports and particularly enjoyed basketball and baseball. He graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1940.
In August 1942 Chet enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he was trained to become an airplane mechanic. Chester was honorably discharged from the military on Oct. 13, 1945, and returned home in time to help with the fall potato harvest. He worked a year for his brother-in-law, Harvey Phillips, then returned to work the family farm with his brother Ferris.
He met a beautiful redhead from Thomas, Orva Marie Broadhead, and they were married in the Logan LDS Temple on Aug. 5, 1947.
Chester spent 52 years farming in the Grandview area and Pleasant Valley. He raised potatoes, grain, sugar beets, cattle and sheep. Chester was instrumental in starting Pleasant Valley Potato with his four sons and Dwight Horsch.
He is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and spent 19 ½ years serving in bishoprics, 5 ½ years as bishop. Other callings included High Council, Young Men's organization, High Priest teacher and home teacher. He was an ordinance worker in the Idaho Falls temple for eight years and served as school board trustee for Aberdeen School District for 14 years.
After Orva Marie passed away he married Carla Adamson on March 28, 1997. Chet and Carla have enjoyed several years of traveling and keeping up with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Chet is survived by his wife, Carla; children, David (Colette) Wahlen of Aberdeen; Susan (Melvin) Markham of Huntington Beach, Calif.; Kim Wahlen of Aberdeen; Jan (Dave) Baker of West Jordan, Utah; Wendy Wahlen of Huntington Beach, Calif.; Val (Lori) Wahlen of Aberdeen and Eric (Ralene) Wahlen of Aberdeen; stepchildren, Paul (Stephanie) Adamson of Aberdeen; Denise (Matt) Moody of Eagle Mountain, Utah; Kathy (Mike) Blaker of Aberdeen; Keri (Mark) Bellows of Rochester, Minn.; Jonathan (Tiffani) Adamson of American Falls and Melissa (Menny) Rodriguez of Bountiful, Utah; 50 grandchildren; and 50 great-granchildren.
Chet was preceded in death by his wife, Orva Marie; parents; and daughter-in-law, Connie Wahlen; three infant sisters, Erma, Lenore and Felicia; and siblings, Clarence (Clix), Ferris and Mabel.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 25, 2011, at the Lakeview LDS Chapel in Springfield. Family will meet with friends and relatives from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, July 24, 2011, and from 9-10:30 a.m. on Monday prior to services at the church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot. Condolences may be sent to the family at email@example.com .
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