One week after he died, Chester Reiten was remembered at funeral services in Minot today.
Reiten, the founder of the Norsk Hostfest and developer of the KX Television Network, died last Tuesday at the age of 89.
Today, hundreds of friends, family members, and state leaders gathered to pay tribute to Chet and lay him to rest.
Reiten was remembered as a leader who helped his family, church, community, state, and beyond.
And he was heralded as a man of great faith who let that faith shape the direction he traveled.
(Gov. Jack Dalrymple, ND) "He became the owner of four TV stations and 3 radio stations. What a classic American success story. And even better, it's a success story of North Dakota."
(Sen. John Hoeven, ND) "These many accomplishments and more made Chester an easy choice for the Theodore Roosevelt Roughrider Award, ND's highest honor, which I was proud to present to him as governor in 2002. Chester was an all-around great guy who will be deeply missed."
(Gerald Roise, Bethany Lutheran Church Pastor) "Chester understood that God called him to use his gifts to be a public servant. To care for his family, his friends, his community and state. Being a child of God meant to Chet and to each of us gathered here this day the acknowledgement that our Savior who died and rose again that we might be filled with hope."
Chester Reiten is survived by his wife of 65 years Joy, five children, and four grand children.