LeRoy "Chad" Chadwick passed away March 22nd at age 91. He was raised in St. Paul, MN and a 45 year resident of rural Peterson, developing many close friendships. Chad spent his youth deeply involved in the Boy Scouts, later becoming a scout master. A WWII Combat Veteran with the U.S. Naval-Marine Assault Forces fighting in South Pacific, and rescuing many POW's out of China. After the war he earned a degree in Mortuary Science at the U of MN and was a Funeral Director in St. Paul for many years. He was an active outdoorsman, hunter, fisherman, downhill and XC skier, making regular canoe trips into the BWCA since the late 1940's. Chad was also an active birder and beekeeper from which he received a lot of enjoyment. He loved the woods and the home that he and his wife Helen built; and for many years operated an organic strawberry and honey business. Chad was the lay-reader at Emmanuel Church in Rushford as a traditional Episcopalian for many years, a member of the Masonic Lodge of Rushford, and a life member of the Beaver Valley Boy Scout Camp.
He was preceded in death by his father LeRoy, mother Hazel, brother Rex and three sisters. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Helen, a son Philip (fiancé Ingrid), brother-in-law Karl Friedline, several nieces and nephews and many life-long friends. Chad will be remembered for his tremendous sense of humor, his honor, integrity, deep values and devotion to his faith, family and country.
Memorial service details at a later date. Please share a memory of Chad at his on-line guestbook and view his video when it becomes available at www.hofffuneral.com. Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service of Rushford is assisting the family with arrangements.
Through canoe trips in the Boundary Waters and at the Yellow River cabin some 50 years ago, Chad instilled in our scout patrol a sense of adventure and curiosity. Now, every time I leave the vehicle behind to take the first step off a trailhead or the first paddle stroke on a canoe trip, it is a result of a desire to find out what's down the trail or river that Chad helped build in his scouts.
Chad, you'll forever remain in my memory for the appreciation of the outdoors, for the humor and ditties you wove into our trips, and for the confidence you gave me when I was young to continue to find new adventures. I cannot thank you enough.
Helen and Phil, you too are a significant part of those memories and my thoughts are with you both.
Chad helped find me a job in St Paul while I was at the UMN.....always liked and respected him...didn't know about his military service...he's was always thoughtful and a real gentleman..sincere sympathy
Dear Helen & Family,
Sympathy and prayers for Long time friend and U of MN classmate.
many great memories. His visits as a sales person and our stay at your
home in Peterson many years ago, Howard Friedrich
I knew Mr Chadwick some 50 years ago, when I was a teen. I remember him fondly for his fun stories, but especially for his caring and wise counsel. He was a very decent man and will not be forgotten. My deep sympathy to the family.
Chad was a great guy. He got the job for me at Fulda which eventually led to me buying the funeral homes in Slayton. Chad has a million funny stories and could tell them like nobody else. Another time he took me and 3 other funeral directors to a casket company near Chicsgo. Lowell Hoff went on that trip-we had a ball!! My deepest sympathies to Helen and the rest of Chad's family. He was one of the really great guys in funeral service.
Uncle Chadder, thank you for sharing your love and family stories with us the few times we met you and Helen. Your genealogy is in good hands and will be carried on for future generations. I feel honored to have known you. Rest in peace in God's loving hands.
Dave, Helen and Cole Osterkamp
Thank you Chad for sharing your experiences in the BWCA and Quetico Park with my brother Jim and I over 45 years ago. The experience you and my dad, Frank Ramisch, shared with us left a lasting impression on me to this day. Since that trip back in August of 1970 seldom a year goes by I don't return to explore that treasured area. Every time I'm in Northern Lights Country with my two boys Chad and Chris, I can't help but think of you and dad.
Thanks too for the many fine memories at the cabin on the Yellow River in northwestern Wisconsin.
Helen, Phil, and family, Chad will be dearly missed, however, never forgotten.
Rest in peace Chad, and God Bless.
Tom Ramisch and Family, White Bear Lake, MN.
I was a next door neighbor of his mother, Hazel. I and my siblings were very close to Grandma Chadwick. We would go there for cookies.
Chad and family would visit his mom. Being a funeral director. On one occasion I ask Chad if he
ever sold "used" coffins? Another memory I have is when Chad and Helen visited our house dressed as Mr and Mrs Santa Claus. I caught on pretty fast they were not
Helen, Philip and family. I'm sorry for your loss. He had a good life.
Rest In Peace Chad
Steve Remick Elk River Mn
Chad Chadwick is our family's dearest and best friend. May God comfort his wonderful wife, Helen, and their son, Phil, their pride and joy. Our family will always love you and be forever grateful to God for your longstanding friendship and all the warm memories of times enjoyed together at the Wisconsin Cabin. With Deepest Love and Sympathy, Al & Jeanne (Ramisch) Zachman, Green Valley, AZ
My sincere condolences to the family on the loss of your loved one. True comfort comes by drawing close to God (Psalms 83:18) in prayers so He (God) can draw close to you in return. (James 4:8).
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