Remembering Chester Reitenby Senator John Hoeven
Posted on 2013-01-28
HOEVEN. Mr. President, today I wish to honor the life of
Chester Reiten who passed away January 22, 2013, in his beloved
hometown, Minot, ND.
Chester ``Chet'' Reiten was born in Hastings, ND, in 1923 and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He graduated from North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND, with a degree in agriculture and worked as a county agent until entering the radio and television field in 1951. His company, Reiten Broadcasting Co., eventually owned four television and three radio stations in North Dakota.
In 1978, Chester Reiten and some of his Norwegian friends sat down to discuss a way in which they could celebrate their ancestry. Their discussion led to the birth of Norsk H
As a result of the success of Norsk H
Reiten also was a dedicated public servant who devoted a considerable amount of his time and energy to serving his community and State. His efforts included lengthy tenures as a State senator and mayor of Minot.
Chester Reiten was a great North Dakotan and a great American. He especially loved the city of Minot. I feel privileged to have known Chet all my life, and I am thankful to have called him a friend. He has left an indelible impact on our State and country, leaving a legacy of service, first serving our Nation during World War II and returning home to become a pioneer North Dakota broadcaster, mayor of Minot, State legislator and the heart and soul of H
These many accomplishments, and more, made Chet an easy choice for the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, North Dakota's highest honor, which I was proud to present to him in 2002.
Chet truly was an all-around great guy who will be deeply missed. Mikey and I give thanks to God for the life of Chester Reiten, and we extend our thoughts and prayers to his wife of more than 65 years, Joy, and his family and friends.