Chester "Chet" Rindels, 91, of Preston died, Thursday, May 16, 2013, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

He was born on Sept. 26, 1921, in Castlewood, S.D., the son of Samuel and Annie (Ruesink) Rindels. He attended school in Castlewood through the eighth grade. He then went to work on the family farm. When he was 19 he worked his way through the harvest fields to get to the Greenleafton area where three of his brothers were residing.

On Aug. 1, 1941, he married Esther Ruesink at her parents' home in a garden ceremony in rural Greenleafton. He worked for several farmers in the area. He then built homes in the area with Vic Wubbles. He also did masonry work. He worked for Kappers Construction in Spring Valley. He plowed snow for the state of Minnesota.

In 1976, the couple moved to Preston and he became the city manager. While in Preston he opened up Chet's Cobbler Shop in the basement of his home. He retired in 1986.

He took many trips up north for fishing and enjoyed golfing and gardening. He was a longtime member of the Greenleafton Reformed Church and served as a deacon and elder. He was a member of the Preston Lions Club, he was the first president of SMMPA and a member of the Preston golf course. He was also a commissioner of the Preston Public Utilities.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Esther; one daughter, LuAnn (Loren) Rindels of Preston; one daughter-in-law, Evie (Roger) Rindels of Austin; three granddaughters, Kathy (Scott) Goergen of Austin, MariLyn (Stacey) Bakke of Preston; and Gina (Jeff) Lindeland of Preston; six great-grandchildren, Ryan Himli, Nick and Dusty Riste, Becca and Sammi Bakke, and Zander Sylvester; three great-great-grandchildren, Kaeden Rollie, Whitney and Arianna Himli; one brother-in-law, Erwin Ruesink of Spring Valley; a special cousin, Virgil Rindels, and also many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Roger, five brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday at the Greenleafton Reformed Church in rural Preston with the Rev. Roger Lokker officiating. Burial was in the Greenleafton Reformed Cemetery in rural Preston.

Memorials may be given to the Greenleafton Reformed Church.

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