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George Chilton

George L. Chilton, 91 rural Ogema, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, in Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

George Leo Chilton was born Sept. 3, 1917, in Mahnomen to Lee and Alvina (LaDoux) Chilton. He was raised and educated in Mahnomen and attended boarding school in Pipestone, Minn. George was united in marriage with Leona Neuhalfen in Mahnomen on Nov. 24, 1943. They lived in Underwood until moving to Twin Valley. George and Leona moved to Ogema in 1960, where they farmed and he did road construction. George retired in 1980.

George was a member of the Local 49 Road Construction Union. He enjoyed playing cards, reading newspapers and current events. George also enjoyed fishing, hunting, making maple syrup, a good joke and ricing.

George is survived by his wife, Leona Chilton, rural Ogema; children, Bonita Grahn, Austin, Texas, Dennis (Diane), Frazee, Mary Carrabou (Tony Brugman), Detroit Lakes, Karen (Max) Klarer, Ogema, Pat (Rod) Stearns, Ponsford, William L. Chilton (Leoba Kolnes), Detroit Lakes, David (Linda), Rochert, Jerry (Janice), Callaway, Deborah Chilton, Lindstrom, Sherlene Chilton, Minneapolis, Donald (Brenda), Ogema, Ronald (Diane), Ogema, Jamie Chilton, Ogema; 37 grandchildren; 75 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Delano (Noreen), Bristol, Va., Donavon (Sally), Mora, Minn., Wayne (Cecelia), Billings, Mont., Virgil, Billings, Ruby Ovaldson, Twin Valley, Betty Johnson, Waubun, and Anne (Ben) Bement, Ogema.

He was preceded in death by six brothers, James, Del-mar, Maurice, Mathias, Kenneth and Glenn, and one sister, Jennie.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, May 2, at 11 a.m. in Assumption Catholic Church, Callaway, with Father Xavier Ilango officiating.

Visitation is Friday, May 1, from 5 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7, in the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. Visitation continues one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Callaway.

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