Obit: Stillman, Chester P. (1920 – 2015)


Surnames: Stillman, Zimmerman, Vine, Cliver, Coyle, Hanson, O’Neil, Pelletier

Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, WI) 12 Jan 2015

Stillman, Chester P. (28 OCT 1920 – 10 JAN 2015)

Chester Stillman, age 94, of Granton, WI died Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Neillsville Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Chester Paul Stillman was born on October 28, 1920 in Medford, WI the son of Paul and Jenny Stillman. He was drafted into the United States Army and served with the Horse Calvary during World War II. On May 13, 1942 he was united in marriage to Betty Zimmerman. As a young man, he drove truck, hauling beer out of Milwaukee. He hauled the first canned beer out of the brewery. He also worked with his Dad logging and hauling lumber out of Montana. He and his father started Stillman Lumber Co. in Granton, WI. He went on to own Chet's Towing Service, towing semis. He was known as the "Rescue Angel" and he ran that business for 20 years. He worked from his shop and built and sold trucking equipment for many trucking companies until 2012.

He loved going to his cabin and spending time with his family, fishing and he liked to go the restaurant every day and have breakfast with the guys.

He is survived by his children Beverly (Kenneth) Vine of Granton, WI, Joanie (Bruce) Cliver of Bloomer, WI and Linda (Kenny) Coyle of Medford, WI, a daughter-in-law, Debbie Stillman of Granton, WI, 8 Grandchildren, Louann (Allan) Hanson of Owen, WI, Lisa (Al) O'Neil of Rosholt, WI, Pat (Janice) Cliver of Marathon, WI, Tony Cliver of Bloomer, WI, Zena (Ted) Pelletier of San Antonio, TX, Scotty Stillman of Germany, Travis (Mandy) Coyle of Medford, WI and Rusty (Chris) Coyle of Oconomowoc, WI, 12 Great Grandchildren, 4 Great Great Grandchildren and two nephews, Allan (Carol) Zimmerman and Leslie Zimmerman

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Stillman, a son, Jerry Stillman and a sister, Wilma Jane.

Funeral Services for Chester will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville. Pastor Allan Zimmerman will officiate. Interment will be in the Windfall Cemetery in Granton, WI, with Military Honors conducted by the Neillsville Veteran's Council. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Tuesday at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville.

Online Condolences may be made at

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Chester's family with Funeral arrangements.



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