CHESTER LAVERN 'CHET' HOWELL - Born June 18, 1943, to Mildred Fern BRAWLEY and Charles Chester HOWELL. He departed this life September 15, 2001, at 11:08 AM at Cox South in Springfield, MO, at the age of 58 years and 89 days. He is preceded in death by his parents and nephew, Allen Chester HOWELL. He was united in marriage to Carolyn Jewell BLAND on November 25, 1967. To this union two children were born, Mary Fern and Angela. He leaves to mourn his wife of 33 years Carolyn of the home in Mountain View, MO; daughter, Mary and her husband Doug JANTZ of Springfield, MO; daughter Angela and her husband David LEDGERWOOD of Mountain View, MO; five grandchildren, Brett Cody HOWELL, Sara Beth BREWER, Alexis JANTZ, Kassidy Bryce LEDGERWOOD and Kolbe Stewart LEDGERWOOD; one brother, Vernon HOWELL and his wife Donna (HOLLIS) of Winona, MO; niece Jennifer (HOWELL) CONNER of Willow Springs, MO; one nephew, Brad HOWELL of Winona, MO; three special cousins who Chester considered more like his brothers and sisters, Lee Richard BRAWLEY of Sedalia, MO, Gary HOWELL of Springfield, MO, and Dorothy Ellen (BRAWLEY) BROOKS of Winona; and a host of other aunts, uncles, cousins, and other family members. Chester worked for many years in construction, traveling both in and out of the United States for Nooter Corporation and Murphy Company. In 1978 he quit working and traveling to start his own business in Winona, in his words “it spend time with his family”. He continued there until 1988. He served the US Army in the 101st Airborne division from 1965-1967. He was a member of the Winona Lions Club, a Mason, Amvets post #127 of Mountain View, VFW Post 2191 and a school board member. Chester fought a brave battle with cancer and always kept a positive attitude saying “it might get me, but not without a fight.” Doctors and nurses alike sat in amazement at his will and strength. Surpassing what they thought on a daily basis. Woodworking was his favorite hobby and he made many beautiful pieces of furniture. Chester left this life with his wife and girls holding his hands, never leaving his side. His passing leaves a deep void in those closest to him. Never to be filled until we can all be together again. Until that day we will continue to remember and honor his memory as a great friend and brother, and in knowing his wife, children, and grandchildren meant everything in this life to him. He will be sadly missed by many Funeral services were held at 1 PM Tuesday, September 18, 2001, at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Winona with Brian YORK officiating. Interment was in the Mount Zion Cemetery, under the direction of the Duncan Funeral Home of Winona.