The Ottumwa Courier


July 18, 2013

Chester Danielson

FAIRFIELD — Chester Harold “Chet” Danielson, age 87, a lifelong resident of Fairfield passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 22, 2013, at First United Methodist Church. Burial with military rites will be at Unionville Cemetery, Unionville, Mo.

Visitation for family and friends will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Behner Funeral Home. There will be a Masonic Service by Clinton Lodge #16 at 7 p.m.

In Lieu of flowers memorials can be made to First United Methodist Church, Parkinson Disease or Danielson Motor Co. Scholarship fund. Cards and memorials can be mailed to 605 S Highland Street, Fairfield, IA 52556

Chet was born Jan 4, 1926 to Frank R and Martha (Bauer) Danielson. He graduated in 1943 from Fairfield High School and Iowa State College in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He served in the United States Air Force Reserves until Dec 1948.

Chet married Shirley Lewellen in Cedar Rapids in 1950. They later divorced. Four children were born to this union: Ronald, Janet, Barbara and Steven. He married Lorene Webb in Unionville, Mo., in 1977 at the First United Methodist Church. He then became the father of Lorene’s three daughters: Lexie, Melody and Tiffani.

Chet and his brother Charlie were co-owners of Danielson Motor Company where they sold Chrysler, Plymouth and Dodge Automobiles. He enjoyed the car business and his association with people. He served on various boards and was a Director of AAA Motor Club of Iowa for 39 years. Director of Iowa Automobile Dealers Association, Director of Chrysler Plymouth Advertising Association for 21 years serving as President twice, Secretary of Chrysler Plymouth Dealer Council, President CEO of Streater Products Corporation from 1955 to 1982. Some of his longtime friends admit they never saw him without a coat and tie while in business. After retiring he helped those he could with his advice and good works and never expected praise in return. He enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and overseas and went on 14 cruises.

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