Steven Patrick ChardSteven Patrick Chard, 38, better known by his friends as “Mitch,” died surrounded by his loving family on Friday, March 6, 2009, after a long valiant battle with brain cancer.
Steven Patrick Chard, 38, better known by his friends as “Mitch,” died surrounded by his loving family on Friday, March 6, 2009, after a long valiant battle with brain cancer.
Born Dec. 29, 1970, Steven grew up on the family dairy farm (Pine Grove Dairy) in Sturgeon Lake, Minn. He graduated from Moose Lake High School in 1989 and went on to attend the College of St. Scholastica and the Hibbing Technical College graduating with a degree in Law Enforcement.
He began his professional career as a Pine County Deputy Sheriff in 1993 and was in their service for seven years. He began his work with the Cloquet Police Department in 1999 where he retired in 2004. During his career, he received many commendations and was a part of the Consolidated Emergency Response Team (CERT), the DARE task force, the Minnesota National Guard Counter Drug Team, and he completed special operations training.
His personal family life revolved around his children and community and his love of golf, bass fishing and especially deer hunting down at the family hunting cabin with his father, brothers, son, nephews and friends. He enjoyed grilling and spending good times with his friends and family.
Steven was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Eugene and Mabel Chard.
He is survived by his wife, Shelley Anne; son, Luke; daughter, Ashley; stepchildren, Rachel and Jake; his parents, Tom and Bridget; his brothers and their wives, Thomas and Michele, Michael and Patti, and Jason and Jacki; his maternal grandparents, Wilbur “Pete” and Connie Mills; many nephews, nieces, aunts and uncles; his close friends, Steven Fiske and Tony Fiore; and his many friends and the family of the law enforcement community as well as his dog, Jax, and cat, Cleo.
We will miss his tender heart, generous nature and caring smile. May he rest in peace and in the arms of the Lord.
Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St., Cloquet. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 12, in Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Cloquet. A time of lunch and fellowship will follow in the church social hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Canadian Cancer Society in Canada or the Good Samaritan Home Care and Hospice in Brainerd, Minn.
Arrangements entrusted to Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet, 218-879-7184. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com.
March 12, 2009 ~ Pine Journal, Cloquet, Minn.
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