Obituary for Paul Chell

Paul Arthur Chell was born on October 22, 1938 to Anton and Bernice Chell in Waseca, MN, and died on June 17, 2019 in Northfield, MN. Paul grew up in Minnesota and attended schools in Kensington and Olivia. He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter and subsequently received a Master of Divinity from Augustana Seminary in Rock Island, IL. Paul married Sharon J. Swanson on August 25, 1962. Together, they served Lutheran parishes in South Dakota, Oregon, Washington and Minnesota from the time of Paul’s ordination in 1964 until his retirement in 2015 from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, […]

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Paul Arthur Chell was born on October 22, 1938 to Anton and Bernice Chell in Waseca, MN, and died on June 17, 2019 in Northfield, MN. Paul grew up in Minnesota and attended schools in Kensington and Olivia. He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter and subsequently received a Master of Divinity from Augustana Seminary in Rock Island, IL. Paul married Sharon J. Swanson on August 25, 1962. Together, they served Lutheran parishes in South Dakota, Oregon, Washington and Minnesota from the time of Paul’s ordination in 1964 until his retirement in 2015 from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Olympia, WA, where he was a visitation pastor.

Paul was devoted to his family and took great joy in his children and grandchildren. He was a musician, having sung in the Gustavus Choir and several church choirs, and was a huge sports fan, particularly of the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Mariners. For 12 years, he served as an usher at Century Link Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks, and was thrilled to witness their successful march to a Super Bowl championship in 2014.

Paul moved to Northfield in 2016 to be closer to family, as significant health challenges and an eventual diagnosis of ALS necessitated additional supports and services. He lived at the Northfield Retirement Community until his death. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sheri, in January 2010.

Paul is survived by his son, Eric (Angie) Chell of Puyallup, WA; his daughter Krista (Jeff) Middlebrooks of Northfield, MN; his grandchildren, Matthew and Christopher Chell, Holly and Luke Middlebrooks; his sister, Ruth (Bob) Oliphant of Edina, MN; and his brother, John Chell of Plymouth, MN.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30PM, Saturday, June 22, 2019, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Avenue, Northfield.

The family requests that any contributions in his memory be made to the ALS Association, MN/ND/SD Chapter.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

June 22, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Bethel Lutheran Church
1321 North Avenue Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

4 Comments

  1. MaryLou Steckel

    My deepest sympathy to the family. Pastor Chell holds a special place in my heart. When he was
    the Pastor at Salem Lutheran Church in Spokane, my son, David, was in his Confirmation Class.
    Pastor Chell also officiated at the funeral for my husband, Ernie. Cheri led Lutheran Women In
    Harmony while they were in Spokane. Thank you for the good memories. Sincerely,
    MaryLou Steckel

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  2. Craig W. Davenport

    I did not know you dad but I had a chance to attend college at St. Olaf in Northfield MN in 1978. I was baptized and raised Lutheran in my hometown of Libby MT but instead my Lutheran minister urged me to attend Concordia College in Moorhead MN which I did from 1978-1979. I also established a scholarship in my name at Concordia in 2010. I have always liked the Lutheran Church. I now attend Salem Lutheran Church in Spokane WA. I send my heartfelt condolences to you and your family for the loss of your dad and pastor.
    Sincerely;
    Craig W. Davenport

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  3. Darlene Lawson Jones

    Sincere sympathy to the family. I was a classmate of Paul’s at Kensington High school. So sorry to hear of his passing

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  4. Ed & Julie Gronewold

    Deepest sympathies to you all😢. We enjoyed having Paul as our pastor in Viking, MN. It was because of him that we met and then he married us almost 20 years ago. We will always have fond memories of him.

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