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Chester "Chet" Leo Malek, Jr.

February 25, 1938 ~ February 1, 2021 (age 82)


Chester “Chet” Leo Malek, Jr., 82, of Backus, Minnesota went to the Lord on February 1st, 2021 from the Essentia Health Hospital in Brainerd, MN

Chet was born on February 25, 1938 to Irene (Billadeau) and Chester Malek, Sr. at the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Brainerd, MN and grew up in Backus, MN.  After graduating from high school, Chet moved to Minneapolis and became employed as a Millwright with Honeywell.  He retired from Honeywell after 35 ½ years.  Chet met and married Luella Ellestad and together they had two children, David and Dawn. Chet was an excellent basketball player in high school and was an ardent fisherman and hunter, which he passed on to his son, David.  Chet was a very simple man, but he was very well known for his carved wood decoys and even has a write up in the Smithsonian.  His signature statement was “I’ll be seeing you!”

Family that Chet is reunited with are his wife, Luella; parents, Irene and Chester Malek, Sr.; and siblings, Rosemond “Rosie” Woodruff and Herbie Freeburg.

Those he leaves behind to cherish his memory are his children, David (Julie) Malek and Dawn (Bill) Nelson; his beloved partner, Rita Miller; two grandchildren, Cameron Malek and Ashley Nelson, numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

Chet’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN.  Online condolences for the family may be left at

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