Chester Brown1929 - 2010
Chester (Chet) R. Brown, 81, Formerly from Onaway, MI
passed away December 21, 2010 in Kalamazoo, MI,
from a chronic respiratory condition,
Chester Ralph Brown was born June 18, 1929, in Detroit, Michigan
to William and Adeline Brown.
He grew up in the Detroit area and moved to northern Michigan in his teen years.
He was class president and graduated from Onaway High School on June 5, 1947.
Chet was united in marriage with Elaine D.(Peltz)Tulgetske on August 29, 1964.
He was preceded in death by:
his father and mother – William and Adeline Brown,
his sister Sharon,
his wife Elaine D. Brown, and
step-son William D. Tulgetske
He is survived by:
his sisters Donna Brown, of Florida and Joyce Osterlund, of Grand Rapids, MI,
step-children Richard (Pearl) Tulgetske of Saugatuck, MI,
Wayne (Kathy) Tulgetske of Holland, MI, and
Laurel(Chris) Hopper of Kalamazoo, ML., and
step-grandchildren Colin, Cameron, and Emily Hopper, of Kalamazoo,
Tisa Tulgetske, of Tennessee,
Kristy (Dave) Klock of Fennville, MI,
step-great-grandchild Emily Gilbert, of Fennville, and
several nieces and nephews.
Chet served in the Air Force as an airlpane and engine mechanic and was honorably
discharged in 1950. He attended seminary for a short while following his discharge
from the service. He was employed as a plumber for several years before working at
Calcite Limestone in Rogers City, Michigan until his retirement. His work ranged
from manning the coal furnaces on Great Lakes ships to operating an atomic
absorption instrument in the laboratory. He was mechanically inclined and very
thorough in every thing he did. Chet was loved by many. He made friends easily and
loved telling jokes and stories. Children of all ages would flock to him to hear his
many tales…also for some Tootsie Rolls! He was a very giving and gracious man.
One of his favorite things to share with friends and family was citrus fruit, which he
would haul up from Florida for many years. He enjoyed picking wild blueberries
and playing cribbage with his Aunt Elna. Chet truly derived happiness by helping
others…and from eating fun-size Milky Way candy bars and Peg’s homemade
lemon meringue pie! He had a steadfast faith in the Lord and shared the Good News
A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2011 from 2:00pm-4:00pm
at Beck Funeral Home, 229 North First Street, Rogers City, MI.
Memorial contributions may be made to the local food bank, or
to the benefit of your choice.