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December 6, 1948 – Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Service Information
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church-Buffalo, MN
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Monday, November 21, 2016
4-8 P.M.

Chester “Chet” Eugene DesMarais, 67, of Monticello died peacefully on November 16, 2016 at home surrounded by his family after a valiant nine year, three-time battle with cancer.

Chet was born in Monticello on December 6, 1948 to M.T. and Mabel DesMarais.

He graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School in Waverly in 1966.

Chet was a proud Vietnam War veteran, serving in the Air Force from 1967 – 1971. After his service, he married Janice Rumsey in 1974 and together they raised four children who admired their dad for his endless wisdom, always insisting on doing the right thing above all.

True to his upbringing, Chet was an avid farmer. He retired from the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant after 25 years in 2008.

To those that knew him, Chet was a strong, gentle, and generous spirit who was loved by many, always having a twinkle in his eye and a quick wink to offer.

Chester is survived by his wife and rock of 42 years, Janice; children Joy (Nathan) DesMarais-Lanz, Cara (Mike) Scott, Julie (Christian) Trygstad, Jacob (Katie) DesMarais; grandchildren who were the apples of his eye: Katelyn, Bailey, Nolan, Olivia, Everett, Davin, and Baby DesMarais; mother Mabel DesMarais; siblings Joseph (Jeanette) DesMarais, Curtis (Carol) DesMarais, Randal (Brenda) DesMarais, Connie DesMarais, Karen (Jake) Mortvedt, Christine Hafften; and countless nephews, nieces, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, M.T. DesMarais, father- and mother-in-law Dale and Lucile Rumsey, and brother-in-law Douglas Rumsey.

13 Guestbook Entries

  1. Bill Stang

    Janice and Family; My deepest sympathy and condolences to all of you. I admired, respected, looked up to, was mentored by, and appreciated everything Chet shared with me over the many years we worked together and after he retired. He was an incredibly positive influence in my life and I was truly blessed to call him a friend. I will be keeping Chet and all of you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Take care & God Bless

  2. Shayne Curtis

    Chet was a good man, a fine leader and a wonderful coworker. We are all better for having known him. He will be missed.

  3. Anita, & Robert O'Dell

    Our prayers & love to All the family. May he now rest in peace & be free of all the pain & suffering cancer does to people. He has lots of family waiting with open arms in heaven. And be sure he’s be watching all of you still here on earth. Love, cousin Anita

  4. Del Haag

    The DesMarais Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I always enjoyed my conversations with Chet. Take Care.

  5. Marilee Nelson

    Janice & family; You all have my sympathy in your loss of Chet. Find comfort in knowing he is free of pain & suffering resting in God’s arms. Cherish all your wonderful memories & he will live in your hearts forever. He put up a long hard fight to stay with you as long as he could. Will be thinking of you & keeping you in my prayers.

  6. Russ and Sandy Hendrickson

    We are so sorry to hear of Chet’s passing. You are in thoughts and prayers.

  7. Trude Hartmann

    Janice and family,
    My thoughts and prayers surround you now and for the days to come. It was truly a pleasure working with Chet (and you too, Jan). He truly did have a twinkle in his eye all the time.

  8. Mary Ellen Cain

    Janice: So sorry to hear about Chet’s
    passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless each of you all. Sincerely, Mary

  9. Elaine Howell (Peavey)

    My deepest sympathies and prayers to Janice and family.

  10. Merlin & Bonnie Hanson

    I will always remember the good times and stories we shared while working at the Monticello Plant. Our families grew up together over the years and many hours and shifts we worked together. Our paths separated in 2002 and yet Chet and Janice were never forgotten. We had the honor of them both coming to Arizona for a visit a few years back and enjoyed their company and reminiscing about the good old days. You fought a good fight and will be truly missed.

  11. Linda Howe

    May each day become easier with the love of God and family. Blessings and Prayers.

  12. Ken and Judy Figge

    So very sorry Katie and Jake for the loss of such an amazing father and grandfather. Nothing can make the grief you are feeling better except knowing he is no longer suffering and knowing that he has had such an influence on all of you and will never be far from your thoughts and memories. We are lucky to have had father’s who have shown us such love. Love to you and your family.

  13. Craig, Allison, Bryn and Easton Otto

    Chet will alway be in my heart. He was a great man, he loved his grandchildren. Most of all loved his horses and to watch those kids barrel race. He will never be forgotten.
    Otto family


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