Chester ReitenChester Reiten, 89, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, while holding his wife’s hand, in a Minot assisted living facility.
Chester Maynard Reiten was born Nov. 14, 1923, at Hastings, North Dakota in Barnes County, to Lars and Carrie (Smedshammer) Reiten. He was raised on a farm and graduated from Hastings High School in 1941. He started college that fall at North Dakota Agricultural College, now North Dakota State University in Fargo. During World War II, Chet enlisted in the U.S. Navy on June 7, 1943, serving as an Ensign and Commanding Officer of a Landing Craft Infantry Ship (LCI ) in the U.S. Navy. Chester was in the Pacific Theatre where the U.S. was preparing to invade Japan and the war ended. He received an Honorable Discharge in July of 1946.