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Chester "Chet" Eisenhauer

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Chester A. Chet Eisenhauer

1924 - 2013

Chester A. Chet Eisenhauer, 88, of Kenosha, died at Kenosha Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, May 22, following his wife of 62 years, Doris (Sorsensen) who preceded him in death by just two months on March 21, 2013.

Survivors include his five children, Brett (Cheryl) Eisenhauer of Lily Lake, Susan (Marc Levy) Eisenhauer of Fort Wayne, Ind., Doug Eisenhauer of Kenosha, Scot (Tess) Eisenhauer of Iron River, Wis., and Kris (Tom) Rowan of Temecula, Calif.; grandchildren, Cory (Heather) Eisenhauer, Brett J. Eisenhauer, Austin, Tyler and Nathan Eisenhauer and Grace and Ruby McKennon; great-grandchildren, Benjamin Eisenhauer; Molly, Erik and Maci Eisenhauer, and his nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, Doris, Chet is preceded in death by his parents, Flora and Chester, sisters Cecelia Cele Fiehweg and Roberta Bert Marabelli and brother, Robert Bobby Eisenhauer.

Chet was born on Aug. 17, 1924, the first son of Chester A. Eisenhauer Sr, and Flora (Kaad) Eisenhauer. He was a lifelong, and fiercely proud, Kenoshan. He attended public schools and spent much time as a child at public beaches and in local movie houses. Chet enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943, serving in Pattons Third Army, 305th MPEG Company. Initially stationed in Aliceville, Ala., at an internment camp, in 1944 Chet was trained at Fort Custer, Mich., and then shipped out to England. He was at D-Day, landing on the beach at Normandy following the battle troops. He never forgot his first views of the carnage of war. Chet followed Patton through Northern France, the Ardennes (the Battle of the Bulge), the Rhineland and Central Europe. He was awarded five bronze and one silver battle star. The 305th MPEG who stick together thru hell or high water was nominated for the Meritorious Unit Award. While his service was a proud achievement and something of highest value in his life, it made him a life-long pacifist. Upon his return to Kenosha Chet protested every war or U.S. military involvement that followed.

A poster boy for his generation, after his service Chet hopped on his Harley and traveled to California via Route 66. Back in Kenosha he met Doris Sorensen and they started their 62 year adventure of a marriage on Feb. 24, 1951, which included Doriss serious bout with polio in 1956. Chet attended the University of Wisconsin on the G.I. Bill, receiving his Master of Social Work degree. He started his career as a juvenile caseworker for Kenosha County Welfare Department and worked as a Psychiatric Social Worker at the Family Counseling Center. In 1977 he, along with three brave partners, started their own counseling practice The Kenosha Counseling Center. Chet was dedicated to his work, putting in time counseling others well into his 70s.

Whatever cause Chet committed himself to got his abundant energy and attention. He served on many not-for-profit Boards; helped found such organizations as Big Brothers, Big Sisters (now Kinship) and the local Planned Parenthood affiliate. He was an avid environmentalist, teaching his children respect for the earth long before it was fashionable. The annual vacation to the family cabin in the northern Wisconsin woods was a cherished tradition and much was taught about outdoors and wildlife. He loved his garden and yard and was a neighborhood fixture outside as much of the year as possible. Chet was an ardent preservationist, watch dogging his beloved Kenoshas growth and development his entire life. A proud achievement was his work to preserve Kemper Hall, and at his death he was committed to saving the Southport Beach House.

Chet had an opinion on most everything; he had the gift of gab. He loved a good story (mostly his), a joke and a gag, was spirited and ornery. And he did not want an obituary. Sorry, Dad, you know how we kids didnt always listen to you.

There will be a private family interment, and a memorial service for both Doris and Chet is pending for summer, their favorite time of year. Memorials may be made to Kenosha Human Development Services (KHDS) Mental Health and Substance Abuse Resource Center.

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Published online at KenoshaNews.com on May 26, 2013
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