Chet Gatchell’s Obituary Takes Swing at Twins

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“Three to a paceline!”

Chet Gatchell, inliner and Rollerdome staff member, died this week after a short hospitalization for a brain bleed.  Chet competed in inline events a decade ago and spent many a cold winters night overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Rollerdome.  Chet is being fondly remembered by his former students and co-workers.

They may forget what you said — but they will never forget how you made them feel.

Google says the origin of that quote is disputed, but its application to Chet is not.  I really don’t recall what he said to me as I sat on the blue cushioned chairs at the Rollerdome.  It was one of the first Rollerdome nights after Andy Kostka’s untimely death.  He came upstairs and saw me sitting there, with my skates on, staring into oblivion. He sat down next to me, put his hand on my shoulder pads, offered a few words, and sat with me.  Chet was someone that cared, someone that looked out for those around him, and someone I looked forward to seeing.  Now he is someone we are all going to miss seeing.

Trib Obituary:

Gatchell, Chester C., “Chet” age 71, of Rosemount passed away on October 5, 2017. Chet taught for school district 196 for 31 years. He is preceded in death by his parents, Melton and Agnes and brothers, John and Robert. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Pat; sons, Dave (Tomoko “Gan”) and Dan (Katherine) Gatchell; granddaughters, Madison and Britta; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ellen, and Mona Gatchell, Mary and Al Luehmann, Paul and Linda Leegard, Betty and Dave Kepler, and nieces, nephews, and many friends. Memorial Service will be held 11 AM Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the Grace Lutheran Church 7800 150th St W., Apple Valley with a gathering of family and friends on Tuesday (10/10) from 4-8 PM at the White Funeral Home, 14560 Pennock Ave., Apple Valley (952-432-2001) and 1 hour prior to service at church. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to a youth activity of your choice. Chet requests the Minnesota Twins send pall bearers to let him down one last time. Condolences: whitefuneralhomes.com