Chester O. “Chet” Waller

Chester O. “Chet” Waller, age 90, of Arkdale, Wisconsin died on January 28, 2013 at the Tomah VA Medical Center in Tomah, Wisconsin.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 1, 2013 at the Arkdale Trinity Lutheran Church in Arkdale, Wisconsin.   Pastor Terri Skildum will officiate.  Interment will be at the South Arkdale Cemetery. Military honors will be presented by the Adams County Honor Guard. Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. until the time of service on Friday at Arkdale Trinity Lutheran Church.

Chester was born June 11, 1922 in Arkdale, Wisconsin to Oscar and Clara (Rosgard) Waller.

He was drafted into the United States Army during WWII on December 21, 1942.  He was assigned to the 100th  Infantry Division, Seventh Army and served in France, and Germany.  He was in charge of 6 enlisted machine gunners in directing firing, in the maintenance and repair of heavy machine guns.  He controlled and coordinated machine gunners and the tactical employment of weapons.   He was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, Two overseas service bars and one service stripe. He also received the Victory Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Two Bronze Battle Stars and the Combat Infantry Badge for meritorious achievement.  He was honorably discharged on January 17, 1946.

Chet married Marguerite Barnes on November 8, 1947 at the Arkdale Trinity Lutheran Church.

He was employed with Oscar Mayer as a truck driver for 36 years retiring in 1983.

In October of 1988 Chet and Marge moved to Arkdale where they built their home.

He enjoyed fishing, traveling, and most of all deer hunting with all of his buddies.  Chet was a Jack of all trades and could fix most everything.

He was a charter member of the American Legion Post #501 in Madison, the VFW #6279 in Adams and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.  Chet was baptized, confirmed and married at the Arkdale Trinity Lutheran Church where he was a very active member.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Clara Waller; brother, Harold Waller; infant sister, Dorothy;  sisters, Bertha Erste; Pearl Smedbron; Ada Fakes and Sada Ernst-Ritter; Sisters in law, Dorothy Stanley; Bernice Barnes; Inez Garlock and Betty Waller, brothers in law, Jesse Barnes; Roy Barnes; Tom Barnes; Art Erste; Glenn Ernst; Al Fakes; and Ivan Smedbron


Wife:  Marguerite Waller of Arkdale, Wisconsin

Brother:  Donald Waller of Arkdale, Wisconsin

Sister in law: Lillian (James) Stormoen of Adams, Wisconsin

Sister in law:  Lola (Fritz) Lord of Madison, Wisconsin

Many loving and caring nieces, nephews and friends

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  1. Mike Jurgensen says:

    My sympathy to the Waller family on the loss of a loved one. To Donnie on the loss of your brother. Hope all the good memories help you get through this time of grief and sorrow.

    Mike Jurgensen
    Former resident of Arkdale.

  2. Peter Brogan says:

    Sorry for your loss
    Peter Brogan and Family

  3. Elaine and Dave Rietz, says:

    Dear Marge and Family:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We wish we could have met Chet last summer when we were in Wisconsin for the Waller Reunion. We heard so many positive things about him. My Grandmother, Thea Waller Knudson, told me Chet was one of our soldiers she prayed for during World War II.

    Elaine and Dave Rietz,
    Fair Oaks, CA

  4. Rob Jensen says:

    Chet was an awesome friend of myself and my families and one of the best legionairres I ever
    was associated with.

  5. Carol(Thomm) and Wayne Radtke says:

    So sorry to hear of Chets’ passing. Still remember visiting with you when Dad & Chet were at Oscar Mayer. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Eloise Thomm says:

    Deepest sympathy to Marge and family. I know Chet will be missed by all.

  7. Gerald (Jerry) Waller says:

    Chet was a great man. Will miss him too..

  8. Larry and Becky Oleson says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Ray and Karen Groskinsky says:

    Marge Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  10. Lisa Lord says:

    Sympathy to Aunt Marge and all who know Uncle Chet. He was a great man to know.

  11. Linda McNeil says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Chet was my grandmother’s cousin. I met him at a Waller Reunion. He impressed me as a kind and gentle man, with such a sweet countenance. His new journey is just beginning, and I will treasure the light he shared with us.
    May your dear memories of him bring you comfort in your sorrow.

    Cousin Linda

  12. Ed and Lori Steiskal says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  13. Loren Lecy and Peggy Henriksen says:

    May God family and friends comfort you. You have our deepest sympathy

  14. Larry & Evelyn Johnston(York) says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Marg and Family, Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.