Chester Ernest Alfred "Chet" TEMPLIN (1919 - 2020)

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Service Information
Danekas Funeral Home
207 E Main
Ritzville, WA
Friday, Feb. 7, 2020
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Danekas Funeral Home
207 E Main
Ritzville, WA 99169
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Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020
1:00 PM
Ritzville Lutheran Cemetery
Memorial service
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020
1:30 PM
Emanuel Lutheran Church

TEMPLIN, Chester Ernest Alfred "Chet" Chester "Chet" Ernest Alfred Templin passed away at 100 years old on February 2, 2020 in Spokane, WA. He was born on December 11, 1919 in Ralston, WA to Ella "Elsie" (Wellsandt) and Ernest Templin. Chet graduated from Ritzville High School in 1938, and farmed wheat and raised livestock with his father near Tokio, WA until he purchased the farm himself. Deferred from World War II as farm exempt, he also worked part-time with the ASCS measuring allotments for farms in Adams County. In 1945, Chet married Gladys Rose (Regan). They had their daughter, Garnet, in 1947 and son, Garrett, in 1950. In 1948, he was among the first farmers in Adams and Lincoln counties put in irrigation for green crops like alfalfa and blue grass seed. Chet supplemented the farm income by selling and installing grain storage tanks. He mentored his crew and built lifelong friendships through this endeavor. Over 1000 of his grain storage bins now pepper Adams, Lincoln, Grant, Spokane, and Whitman counties. Chet was the first Ritzville FFA president, a 4-H livestock club leader, a master and member of the Crab Creek Grange, and a leader in establishing the Ritzville Conservation District. He was a lifelong member and longtime board member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Ritzville. After Gladys's death, Chet married Juanita (Perkins) Stromberger in 1979. With the same values and strong faith in God, they were happily married for over 40 years. They enjoyed time with their beloved children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and had numerous adventures together, including visits to Australia, Europe, and China. Chet was preceded in death by his parents, wife Gladys, brothers Delbert and Robert, and infant sister. He is survived by his wife Juanita; daughter Garnet Templin-Imel (Kenneth Imel); son Garrett Templin (Carol); step-daughter Julie Eller (Michael); grandson Reid Templin (Angela); grandson Jared Templin (Linsey); granddaughter Reagan Templin (Keith Babinec); granddaughter Patricia Rutledge (Daniel Wadleigh); granddaughter Lisa Imel; grandson William Eller; grandson Christopher Eller; and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Friday, February 7, 2020 from 9am-5pm at Danekas Funeral Home in Ritzville. An interment will be held at the Ritzville Lutheran Cemetery on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 1pm with a Memorial Service following at Emanuel Lutheran Church at 1:30pm. Memorial donations may be made to Emanuel Lutheran Church (206 S Division Street Ritzville, WA 99169) or a in memory of Chester Templin. To leave online condolences for the Templin family please visit our website at The family would also like to give thanks to Harold Fleiger for taking the wonderful photos.
Published in Spokesman-Review on Feb. 7, 2020
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