Ivan L. Chester, 89, of The Meth-Wick Community in Cedar Rapids died Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy. Per Ivan's wishes, there will be no services. A gathering to celebrate Ivan's life will be held in the Teahen Monarch Room from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. Teahen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is serving the family.
Ivan will be missed by his wife, Mary Bess; nieces and nephews, Carole (Duane) Dzingle of Marion, Joyce (Doug) Henderson of Fairfax, Gary (Margret) Mausser of Walker, Paula Brandt of Iowa City, Jennifer (Mark) Zieman of Postville, Joel Overland of Spring Green, Wis., and Jeff Overland of New Haven, Conn.; and many other nephews, great-nephews, great-nieces, great-great- nephews and great-great-nieces.
Ivan was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in- law, Ruth and Bob Mausser; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, James and Golda Markley, Bob and Barb Markley and Margaret and James Overland.
Ivan was born on Nov. 8, 1928, son of Frank and Emma Chester, in Walker. He graduated from Walker High School in 1946 and Cedar Rapids Business College in 1948. He served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952. On April 19, 1963, Ivan married Mary Bess Markley at First Lutheran Church. Ivan was employed by Armstrong's Department Store as a buyer for the Sporting Goods Department and merchandise manager in the Home Furnishings Department for 40 years, retiring in 1987.
He served on the boards of the Linn Community Food Bank, the Cedar Rapids Community Concert Association, and Armstrong's Department Store. Ivan enjoyed volunteering at Brucemore, Theatre Cedar Rapids, the Linn Community Food Bank and the Cedar Rapids Community Concert Association.
Ivan enjoyed playing tennis, traveling, reading and creating stained glass art.
The family wishes to thank the staff of angels at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy and The Meth-Wick Community for their excellent care.
Instead of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, the Linn Community Food Bank, the Meth-Wick Foundation or a charity of your choice.
Online condolences can be left at www.teahenfuneralhome.com.