Chester W. McKay -- Harmony

July 15, 2018

Chester Wilbur McKay, 94, died June 30, at his home in Harmony. He had been in failing health the last month.

Chester was born on Oct. 18, 1923, in Amherst Township to Harry and Hilda (Peterson) McKay, the oldest of seven children. He attended O’Hara Country School and graduated from Harmony High School in 1942. He went on to work at the Lanesboro Sales Barn and several other jobs while farming the Family Century Farm. He lived his entire life on the farm until moving into the Harmony Manor in 2010.

In later years, he enjoyed the older tractors and anything to do with tractor pulls, tractor races and being in parades. He also enjoyed being out on the farm and riding his 4-wheeler around the countryside. He could spend hours talking to friends and helping anyone out.

Chester was a member of the Canton-Scotland Presbyterian Church.

Chester is survived by his twin sisters, Marilyn Ludens of Harmony and Marjorie (Adrian) Johnson of Silver Bay, Minn. He is also survived by 11 nieces, two nephews and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Hilda McKay; sisters, Phyllis, Frances, Donna and Harriet; four brothers-in-law, including Marilyn’s husband, Louie Ludens; and two nieces.

Memorial services will be held for family and close friends at 10 a.m. after the regular church serves on Sunday, July 22, at the Richland Prairie/Scotland Church, with the Rev. Margaret Jumonville. Interment will be in the Scotland Cemetery at a later date.

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