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June 8, 1990 – Sunday, June 1, 2014

Service Information
Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, MN
Monday, June 9, 2014
1:30 P.M.

Visitation Information
Sunday, June 8th, 2014
2-8 P.M.

Daniel Bodin Chilson, age 23, of Silver Lake, Minnesota and formerly of Winsted passed away on Sunday, June 1st, 2014 at his residence following a nine year struggle with depression.

He was born on June 8, 1990 in Buffalo the son of Kevin B. and Tamarah J. (Bodin) Chilson.

Daniel graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 2008. He attended St. Cloud State University for two and a half years and transferred to The University of Minnesota graduating on May 17th, 2013 from The Mortuary Science Program. Daniel was a licensed funeral director and embalmer.

Daniel was employed with his parents at The Chilson Holdings, LLC dba The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo & St. Michael, Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted and Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake, Minnesota.

Daniel especially Loved his son Blake Daniel age 7!

Daniel was a very hard worker! He enjoyed, as everyone knows, mowing all the lawns at the funeral homes, hanging out with friends, working on his truck and constantly washing it.

Dan was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted.

Survived by his much loved son: Blake Daniel Chilson; parents: Kevin &Tami Chilson of Winsted; sisters and a brother: Ruth Anne “Ruthie” Chilson of Charlotte, North Carolina, Amelia Chilson of Elk River, Genevieve “Gen” Chilson and Dahkota “Cody” Chilson both of Winsted; special friend: Randi Varner of Buffalo; uncles and aunts: Mark &Claire Chilson of Dayton, Ohio, Robert & Janet Bodin of St. Louis Park, Alvin & Linda Bodin of Buffalo, Sharon & Allen Glessing of Waverly, Barbara & Lloyd Rassat, Duane & Donna Bodin and Donald & Laureen Bodin all of Buffalo; a god child: Rylee Neumann; many special cousins, other relatives and many special friends.

Preceded in death by his grandparents: Robert & Beverly Chilson and Clarence & Fern Bodin, godfather: John “Jack” Bodin, cousins: Jason Bodin and Taylor Fieber.

Funeral services for Daniel Bodin Chilson will be held on Monday, June 9th at 1:30 P.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Pastor Mark Loder will officiate.
Interment will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Montrose.

Organist for the funeral will be Molly Loder and soloists will be Pastor Mark Loder and their daughter Mara Loder.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, June 8th, 2014 from 2-8 P.M. at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota.

Casket Bearers will be Dahkota Chilson-Best Brother and Best Friends: Darwin “Buck” DeMarais, Ashley Grubisch, Dustin Meredith, Westen Neumann, Matt Jensen, Heather Fahey and Emmett Lynch.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. On-line condolences can be made at or

53 Guestbook Entries

  1. Gwen Adickes

    Tami, Kevin and family;

    Just want to give you all a BIG hug. Words are hard to find at a time like this. You’re in our prayers and thoughts.

    Gwen and Clyde

  2. Mike Toussaint

    Kevin, Tami & Family,
    I wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know we are thinking of you guys. I was truly saddened to hear the news of Dan’s passing. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. If there is anything we can do for you guys, please let me know.


  3. Sam Mosher

    Kevin, Tami, Blake and family;
    I am so sorry for your loss of Daniel. I am in absolute shock having just learned of his passing. My prayers and sympathies are with you during this difficult time. I always enjoyed working with Daniel and the conversations that we had during those times. He was a good person and I’m sure he will be missed by all who knew him.

    Sam Mosher

  4. Sharri Rau

    Tami & Kevin
    Sweet Blake
    Ruth Ann, Amelia, Gen & Cody

    I can’t even begin to understand your heartbreak today as you mourn the loss of your dear Danny.

    I know you sensed his pain and sadness for a long time, but surely you always hoped it would get better. You watched as he reared sweet Blake, found a happiness with Randy, bought his first home, finished his internship in the family business with Dad — all these life markers that seemed so normal — and you hoped against hope that everything would be alright — but sadly it was not to be!

    Unless one of us has gone through the same thing as Dan did, we cannot possibly begin to comprehend the pain, the sadness, the emptiness that must have consumed him every day, no matter how hard he fought against it.

    To Tami and Kevin, please don’t blame yourselves — you were there loving and guiding as best you could every step of the way!

    To Blake, always remember that your daddy loved you very much, and that he was a kind and gentle man.

    To Randy, it was so nice to meet you last Oct., and I know Dan loved, you, too.

    To Ruthie, Amelia, Gen & Cody: You had the best brother he could be! Remember all the fun, happy times you had together!

    I am so sad as I sit here…I shake my head…I can’t believe it happened! But as you said to me this morning, Tami, we “know Danny is in peace, and in a much better place.”

    He will be remembered for sweet, kind, shy manner…and his smile!

    God bless all of you, and may all the wonderful memories you have sustain all of you in the days, months, years ahead.

    I love you all!

    Sharri Rau (& Ray, too)

  5. Angie Jagodzinski


  6. Chris Brown

    Dear Kevin & Family. I just heard of your families loss and wish to express my sincere, heartfelt condolences. I have a son the same age as your Daniel and upon hearing of your devastating loss felt sick and saddened for your family.

    In Christ,

    Chris Brown

    White Bear Lake, MN

  7. Sharon Laxen (Westens mom)

    We are so deeply sorry for your loss, Dan was a truly special person to our family and we will never forget the laughter and the smiles he shared with

  8. Tom and Marlene Schaust

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you with strength during this time. We will remember Dan always.

  9. Dr. Tom Rakow

    Chilson Family – We just want you to know we are praying for you – and our hearts go out to your broken heart. Over the years you have helped comfort so many people. It is our prayer that the God of all comfort will now comfort all of you in a very special way (see 2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

    Friends at Grace Bible Church of Silver Lake

  10. Marilyn Pawelk

    Kevin, Tami & family

    May your memories give you comfort at this devastating time. My deepest heartfelt sympathies to you and your family.

  11. Laura Rojina

    Daniel was a great man and an even better friend. I am so glad I was able to have known him all these years. I wish his family all the best in the future years. I wish I could be there for the service, but plan to visit soon. I know your looking down upon us and still cracking off your sarcasm at us. I hope you keep that handsome smile until we can all see you again someday.

  12. Janice Marschel

    Kevin, Tammy and family…..My deepest, heartfelt sympathy to all of you during these days. I know the paths you are having to walk these days and I pray that God holds you closely as you take each step. You have been such support and strength to so many who have experienced this and So many will be here for you now. God’s Blessings!

  13. Fred Pfotenhauer

    Kevin, Tami & Family: Jeanie and I have you in our prayers to our Almighty God during this time of extreme distress. God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble; Psalm 46:1.

  14. Patty and Matt Cafferty

    Kevin, Tami,and Family;
    Our deepest sympathy go out to you and your family at this sad time of losing your beloved Dan. My heart goes out to you all. I know all too well the pain and heartache you are going through. It is not easy. You have a very wonderful family to help you get though this rough time. Kevin I remember about a month ago when we were talking about me losing my precious daughter Dawn and how hard it must be to deal with such a loss everyday and now you are going through the same. It’s just not fair that our children have to go to heaven before us but God had other plans I guess it’s a struggle everyday but you have to go keep going on for Dan and Little Blake. If there is anything I can ever do for you all please let me know. I know the pain and heartache you all have. Take Care.

  15. Eileen Erickson

    My deepest sympathies in the loss of your son! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

  16. Diane M Seal

    Dear Tami, Kevin & family,
    My heart just aches at hearing of the loss of your precious Dan. There aren’t words created that can mend the pain that all of you are feeling but I want you to know that Chris, Lindsay and I are sending prayers of love and healing your way. God Bless and may He hold each of you in the palm of His hand during this most difficult of time.

  17. Robert Hantge

    Kevin and Tammy – our deepest condolences and sympathies.



  19. Sarah Harison

    My heart is so heavy for the Chilson family. Dan was a wonderful person and classmate. I am so honored to have had the opportunity to get to know such a great person.

  20. Penas Family (Bob, Peni, Jennifer, Andrew, Evie)

    Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with you during this unbelievably difficult time.

  21. Doyle Hofer

    Kevin, Tami and family.
    I am so sorry and sad to hear of Dan’s death. I am praying that God will wrap his arms around each of you at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  22. John and Julie Schlueter

    Kevin, Tammy and family, we can’t begin to tell you how sorry we are for the loss of your son Dan. We never had the opportunity to meet Dan but yet I feel as if I knew him. My aunt Elaine always had such great things to say about him.
    Losing a child is so hard as we have lost our daughter Missy. There is such a love we have for our children and have many hopes and dreams. Dan was a great son/father and had the kindest heart, always having others in mind.
    Dan is in Heaven with God our Father and he is having the most peaceful moments ever. Know that your angel will be over all of you.
    One special Blessing he has left for you is his son Blake, I have met him a couple of times and what a sweet boy he is.
    May God Bless you and comfort you in the days ahead and help bring moments of peace in your heart through this difficult time.

  23. Mary Pettit

    Dear Chilson Family;

    My love, support and prayers are with each of you. I was truly honored and blessed to be able to work with Dan and he was an amazing man. His kind spirit and smile gave comfort to so many. May God give you strength, healing and peace with each day. Thank you for sharing such an incredible gift with all of us who were fortunate to meet him.

  24. Nancy Oberlander

    Kevin,Tami,and family
    I am so sorry for the loss of you son-
    Keeing you all in my thoughts and prayer.

  25. Vicky Fahey

    I knew Dan because my daughter Heather, considered him one of her best friends ever. Dan was a terrific young man and will be greatly missed by so many people. God bless you Dan and we love you so much!

  26. Mrs. Fran Roux

    Chilson family,

    I am deeply saddened to hear of Dan’s passing. My heart and prayers are reaching out for you to our Lord to bring comfort.

    On Monday evening I received a call from Emmett Lynch telling me of Dan’s passing. I so appreciated it as this class was a favorite of mine. Dan was a student of mine when I taught 6th grade at Holy Trinity. This was a marvelous teaching experience and Dan helped to make it a great year and fun. Even though he was of a quiet nature he had a sense of humor. My what a kind and considerate person. The profession he chose was very fitting.
    I will never forget one incident that year. Dan and Emmett were writing notes and dropped one on the floor. When I picked it up I had no idea whose it was, so I investigated by having each student write something. Comparing the handwriting Dan was found guilty. I don’t remember the consequence but he surely turned red. Emmett and Dan liked to have fun. They made me smile and brought great conversation to the class.

    When I was attending a funeral, this good looking young man approached me and asked me if I recognized him. “Yes, but I forget your name.” It was such an honor to speak with him after 13 years and to catch up.
    May the great memories of Daniel bring you comfort.

    In Christ,
    Fran Roux

  27. Christine Williams

    Kevin, Tami, and family,
    I just found out about Dan this morning. I am so, so sorry. I am just in shock and can not imagine the pain you are going through. Dan was an amazing young man…very kind, friendly, and always had that beautiful smile. He was always so thoughtful when I saw him or worked with him. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Dan will always be remembered with much fondness. If we can do anything for you…we are here. Steve & Chris

  28. Joe and Agnes Marketon

    We are praying for your family to endure the days ahead. God’s love and peace.

  29. Doug Sawatzke

    Kevin & family,
    What do you say at a time like this? It is always hard to put to words how you feel at the time of someone’s passing. We are sad to hear the news, this hurts. Please know that we are thinking of you, and you are in our prayers.
    God Bless You,
    Doug & Jenell Sawatzke

  30. Madonna Adickes

    Kevin, Tami and family;
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. May God give you strength and courage for the very difficult days ahead. God bless you.

  31. Judy and Tom Dehmer

    Kevin and Tammy,
    Our sincere sympathy to you during this trying time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May friends and family give you comfort and peace as you go through these next days.


    Our sincere sympathy on the death of your son.

  33. Dale and Linda Mensing

    Dear Chilson family,
    We are a family from Lester Prairie who totally understand your loss and the heartache it brings. We also know that the fond memories of your son and a close family will help you with your healing. Our deepest sympathy.

  34. Tammy Vealetzek

    Our prayers, thoughts and hearts go out to you Tami, Kevin and the entire family as well as little Blake! God will carry you through this difficult time.

    If you need anything please know we are here!

  35. Judy Ide

    Kevin, Tammi and Family,
    Our hearts go out to you and words cannot begin to express to you the pain and heartbreak we feel for your family at this difficult time. Dan was such a great guy, always had that shy little smile and was always willing to help when asked. He will truly be missed by all who knew him and I hope he finds peace in the arms of the Lord. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
    Keith and Judy Ide

  36. Jenny Jerome

    Kevin, Tami and family,
    I so sorry to hear of your dear loss. I am deeply saddened for your family. I know you don’t remember me, but you helped our family 14 years ago in the passing of my father and you were so kind and helpful. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Jenny Jerome (Campbell)

  37. Ginny Tussing

    Kevin, Tami, and Family –
    My heart aches for your entire family and for Dan and what he must have been going through. I was so very fond of Dan. He was a cute, shy little kid that grew into a kind, handsome man that loved his son dearly. I wish there was something I could do to make this easier for you. You have been in my thoughts and prayers every day.

  38. Rebecca Kelley Holmers

    I’m so sorry to hear about Dan.. When i got the phone call from a friend my heart stopped… All i could picture was this boy with a wonderful smile … My lil brother brad went to school and graduated with Dan.. I remember a very kind and handsome guy. Just sucks what depression can do! I myself have battled with it since about 15.. I’m now 29. My heart hurts for him, blake,tristynna & his family. You all are in my prayers everyday. May Dan be resting peacefully in everlasting paradise!!!! <3

  39. Rolayne (Roufs) Herrley

    Our whole family is praying for the family & friends of Dan today. No words can express your loss as you travel through the next few days & weeks. Just know there are others out there thinking of you. Sincerely, Jerry & Rolayne Herrley (Doloris Roufs’ daughter)

  40. Chaplain Highland Goodman

    My heart aches for you and my prayers are with you! THE LORD IS NEAR!

  41. Bob & Irene Kutz

    Kevin & Tami,
    Our hearts go out to you for your loss. Prayers for you all.
    Bob & Irene

  42. Larry and Patricia Strei

    Kevin and Tammi we cannot begin to express our deepest sympathy. God has a plan for all of us even though we don’t understand it at all times. Remember the good times you had with Daniel and that will help you get thru. Any time you doubt this look to your faith and you will find comfort

  43. Mary Ann Mallak

    The Chilson Family;
    My deepest sympathy to you at this time. Praying that God will give you the strength to help you get thru this the way you have helped so many others.
    Mary Ann Mallak

  44. Charles Floro

    I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. You have so many friends out here in South Dakota who share concern and love for you and your family. We know depression and what it can do. God be with you and your son.

  45. Connie Kozitza

    When I had Dan in second grade, he was always interested in books or magazines bout mummies. That year our class trip was to the Science museum where he viewed a mummy. I could back then envision him being a funeral director someday.

  46. Patty and Tim Lammers

    Kevin, Tami and family,
    We can’t begin to know what you are going through at this time! We are so sad for your loss and you have our deepest sympathy! If there is anything we can do to help you through this difficult time, don’t hesitate to ask! You have helped so many people over the years through their own personal losses, they would love to help you in return. Your family is in our prayers! God Bless!

  47. Warren Babcock's

    Our deepest sympathy. He is in a better place.
    .Your in our prayers.Betty and Warren

  48. Tasha Votava

    My heart goes out to Dans family through this rough time; especially the little one that now will be missing her daddy. Such an unfortunate thing to have happen, and him and his family will be in my prayers

  49. Gwen and Clyde Adickes

    Tami, Kevin, Blake, and family

    Just wanted you to know what a beautiful service it was for Dan. We talk all the way home about it.

    I will always remember when the Vikings and the Packers play, I will have a loaf of bread on the bet.
    Dan, we sure did have fun with it.

    Lots of love to you all.

    Gwen and Clyde

  50. Sarah Franke

    Kevin, Tami and family, I was so saddened to hear of Daniels passing., My heart hurts for you all. I got to know Daniel through Hannah and Philip. He always had a warm, gentle and friendly demeanor. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May you find peace at this difficult time

  51. Sharon Shirley

    Kevin and Tami
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your son Daniel. You showed such great kindness and compassion to me and my family when my son lost his struggle with depression on Christmas eve 2010. I have taken comfort knowing that my son’s struggle is over, no more tears, no more fears. I know that Daniel, like Toby, is now free. A piece of our hearts will forever be gone. I pray that the Lord will hold you tight during this time of mourning and comfort you with the peace that only He can give. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Sharon Shirley

  52. Kaja M Powers Sorenson

    Please accept my belated condolences for the loss of your son, Daniel. I had Cody and Gen in class at Holy Trinity and truly enjoyed them both. Daniel had to have been equally intelligent and engaging. Please do tell them that I am thinking of them.
    Sincerely, Kaja Sorenson

  53. Michael P. Shannon

    I just was told about the passing of Daniel. You are in my prayers and thoughts. Daniel was an excellent Mortician and a great guy. I am so sorry that you have suffered this heartbreaking loss.


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