On Dec. 8th, 2013, in Bozeman, Montana, Chester James Sullivan passed away. Chet was born July 10, 1919, in Omaha, Neb., to Edward A. and Lura (Purrington) Sullivan. Upon the death of their father when he was 3 years of age, the family moved from a farm in Beemer to Boulder, Colo. Chet attended the State Preparatory School and graduated in June, 1936. After attending the University of Colorado and graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in June of 1942, Chet enlisted in the U. S. Navy, where he was classified as a pharmacist's mate stationed in the Marshall Islands during World War II. After being honorably discharged, he resumed his career as a pharmacist which continued for another 50 years. In 1952, Chet married the apple of his eye, Virginia Lorraine.
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Chester, under the guidance of his older brother, Dwight, worked doing everything from soda jerking to providing concessions at a ski lodge on Berthoud Pass. From Idaho Springs to Ovid, Chet was employed at many drugstores across the state until he bought D-C Pharmacy in Westminster, Colo. There he stayed for 27 years until his store closed in 1981. For the next 10 years he devoted his time assisting his son, David, with Mountain View Pharmacy in Northglenn. Chester was the quintessential, traditional "druggist" whom his customers loved and respected.
Chet was very involved in the Elks Lodge, United Methodist Church, and Rotary International of Westminster. His humility, humor, and interest in the community earned him the unofficial title of "Mr. Westminster" by his customers.
In 1995, Chet and Virginia moved to Bozeman, enjoying a life of family, friends, fishing, and fast food. With his childlike sense of curiosity and his love of the outdoors, his fishing trips took him to many beautiful places. He always knew that if he just waded around the next bend the prize would be there. Within minutes upon arriving at the river, he would disappear upstream, out of sight from all humanity, but would always return with some pretty tall tales and an occasional trophy. He loved the North Platte River in Wyoming, the Elk River in B.C., and the Yellowstone.
Chester was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Allen, Herbert, Dwight, Warren, and two sisters Gladys and Erva. Chester is survived by Virginia, two sons, James and David (Kathie), great-granddaughter Rikkell, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 15, 2013