Chester Lavern Lahrs was born March 7, 1922, on the family farm near Lawton, the son of Fred and Anna (Hanson) Lahrs. Chet attended country school near his home and graduated from Lawton High School in 1939.
Chet was united in marriage to Mildred L. Bogenrief Aug. 16, 1944, at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Hinton.
Chet served his country in the United States Army Air Corps from February 1946 until his honorable discharge in August 1947. Chet farmed and raised livestock south of Merrill until he retired in the mid 1990s. He also drove school bus for the Hinton School District for nearly 30 years.
Chet and Mildred continued to live on the farm until 2006 when they moved to Le Mars.
Chet enjoyed going to Hinton for coffee and visiting with friends. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
He and Mildred had been longtime members of Calvary Lutheran Church in Leeds and when they moved to Le Mars enjoyed being a member of Grace Lutheran Church.
Survivors include two children, Bruce Lahrs and his wife, Diana of Merrill, and Sandy LaBahn and her husband, Rod of Le Mars; four grandchildren: Jennifer Burress and her husband, Shawn, Ryan Lahrs and his wife, Gwendy, Chad LaBahn and his wife, Tiffany, and Megan Henning and her husband, Chad; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Dale Lahrs and his wife, Wilma of Louisville, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred, on Sept. 12, 2010; his parents, Fred and Anna (Hanson) Lahrs; two brothers, Vernon and Wilfred Lahrs; and a sister, Inez Anderson.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Tim Geitz will officiate. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. today (Friday), with the family present from 5- 7 p.m., and a prayer service at 7 p.m., all at Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. Visitation will resume from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Saturday at the church.
Pallbearers will be Chad LaBahn, Chad Henning, Shawn Burress, Ryan Lahrs, Don Stusse, and Don Schneider.
Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.