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John P. Chevalier

John P. Chevalier

John P. Chevalier, 73, of Shevlin, MN died on Friday, August 22, 2014 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center in Bemidji, MN.

A celebration of Johns life will be held on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bagley, MN. with Richard Anderson serving as moderator. Flag presentation by Irvin Blix American Legion Post #16 of Bagley, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted with the arrangements.

John P. Chevalier was born December 24, 1940 in Bagley, MN to Joseph and Palma (Nysteen) Chevalier. He attended school at Trail, MN, Shevlin, MN and graduated from Bagley High School in 1958. John was in the US Air Force for 4 years, 3 served in Okinawa. He returned home in 1963. He worked on ranches in North Dakota and did custom combining from Texas and north. He worked on pipeline crews and for US Steel sailing the Great Lakes. John also was a bartender at bars in Pinewood and Shevlin. In 1976 he went to work for Wilde Construction until retirement in 2003. John did income taxes and other accounting functions for many people and businesses in the area.

John was the Shevlin Township clerk for 26 years. John was elected as a Clearwater County Commissioner from District 3 in 2007, serving until present. John was the former treasurer of the Lake Itasca Pioneer Farmers, a member of Clearwater Historical Society, and a member of the American Legion Club in Bagley, MN.

John enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to the cabin on Midge Lake, snowmobiling, riding ATVs, playing cards, and watching the birds and deer. John was married to Betty Klingbeil in March of 1972.

He is survived by his wife Betty Chevalier

Brother Dean (Mary) Chevalier and family

Sister Mary (Duane) Erickson and family

Special Nephew Chad (Karen) Puschinsky and their boys Brandon and Cale (his "grandchildren")

Sisters-in-law Nancy (Dennis) Carlson and family, Mary (Jerry) Hubert and family, Florence (Neil) Natrass and family

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents and infant brother Brian, brothers-in-law Bill Puschinsky and Earl Eastman, Sister-in-law Carol Eastman and in-laws Carl and Myrtle Klingbeil

The family would like anyone with stories and good memories about John to share either in person, or written to be read by the moderator.