Dennis Chidester

April 20, 1946 - August 1, 2011

Denny Chidester age 65 passed away August 1, 2011 and Carolyn (nee Ciska) Chidester age 62 passed away July 31, 2011 from injuries sustained from a home explosion at their cabin in Wisconsin.  Denny and Carolyn were both born in Albia, Iowa. They were childhood sweethearts, both graduating for Albia (Blue Demons) High School, Denny in 1964 and Carolyn in 1967. Denny was drafted into the Army.  He fulfilled his duties going for training in Ft. Hood Washington, served in Vietnam and finishing his tour in Colorado.  Following his return he was united in marriage to Carolyn in 1968. The newlyweds set out on their new life together in Batavia, Illinois.  Soon a daughter Jennifer was born to enhance their lives and then a son Jeffrey to make their life complete.  As a family they shared many fun times together.  Mom and Dad never missed a school program, soccer game, baseball game or Scouts.  Carolyn was Batavia’s first woman Cub Master, Denny was also very active in Scouts pack 112.  Denny and Carolyn enjoyed volunteering their time. Denny coached Batavia Youth Baseball.  Carolyn gave blood when she could and became a 100 gallon club member.  They were both active in the Batavia VFW. Although they have lived in Batavia for 43 years, they still have ties in Albia their hometown; they visited family and friends whenever possible, and kept in touch by subscribing to the local Albia newspaper. They both loved the outdoors, sporting events and family.  Family was top priority.  Jenny and her husband Bob have three children Jamesian, Jaroleen and Jacey Roesch.  Jeff and his wife Nichole have three children Drake Zollers, Carley and Sydney Chidester.  Denny and Carolyn were ever so grateful to be parents and grandparents.  Denny visited school shared his Army days at grandparents’ day and Carolyn shared her life experiences on grandparents’ day.  They bought a new home for the family to fill with new memories.  They designed and built a deck, pool and the landscaping was impeccable.  Many happy traditions were shared at their residence; the Easter egg hunts, the wonderful Christmas’, pool parties, birthday parties and Barbeques.  Denny was known for making the best margaritas and Carolyn for her special shopping trips with beloved granddaughters. Denny and Carolyn loved the outdoors.  Together they saved their money and fulfilled their dream of a cabin by Castle Rock in Wisconsin which they have now had for thirteen years.  Denny’s passion was fishing he had taught his grandchildren to fish and would never miss a moment to get up to the cabin in Wisconsin.  Denny just recently took up bow hunting and snowshoeing and really enjoyed it.  They fixed the cabin up to be a comfortable second home.  They took the kids and grandkids whenever possible to fish, swim, boat all summer long and in the winter drove the truck out on the frozen lake dragging a tube with kids behind, ice fishing, quad riding and sledding just plain having fun with their grandchildren.   While getting to know the locals in Wisconsin, they met a couple who ran a restaurant.  They soon became like family.  Mike and Candice and children became son and daughter to Denny and Carolyn, they never missed sending birthday cards and sent their love and friendship every chance they got.  Carolyn and Denny were loyal Iowa Hawkeye fans, White Sox fans and their beloved Bears.  Denny worked in construction for years and as a foreman at Caterpillar in Aurora, IL prior to retirement.  Carolyn also recently retired from AT&T formerly Western Electric.  Family and friends were always welcomed with open arms at the Chidester home.  There was nothing Denny and Carolyn wouldn’t do for their neighbors, and they never asked for anything in return.  Denny and Carolyn are survived by their daughter, Jennifer (Bob Roesch) Chidester and their children Jamesian, Jaroleen and Jacey; a son Jeff (Nichole Vosburgh) Chidester and their children Drake Zollers, Carley and Sydney Chidester, all of Batavia; two uncles and aunts Delbert (Bettie) Chidester of Batavia and Albert (Pat) Chidester of Evansdale, Iowa; Denny is also survived by a brother Jerry Chidester of Lavilia, IA two sisters Judy (John) Lundstrom of Albia, IA, Janice (Kevin) Monroe of Elkader, IA; Carolyn is also survived by two sisters Julie (Blaine) Carter, and May Ciska-Moffatt both of Albia, Iowa, a brother James (Linda) Ciska of Mineral VA, and a sister-in-law Susan Ciska of Mission Viego, CA; an aunt Carol Levis of West Des Moines, IA, many nieces, nephews and over one hundred cousins.  Terry Bradley, Debbie White and many dear friends.  Denny is preceded in death by his father James A. Chidester and his mother Lois Jean Majors Chidester; Carolyn is preceded in death by her mother Judy Garrington Ciska her father Martin F. ( Opie) Ciska and two brothers Joseph J. and Steven J. Ciska; along with their beloved cats Carmel and Tarzan.  A memorial service will be held at 4:00 P.M. Saturday, August 13, 2011 at Moss Family Funeral Home 209 South Batavia Ave. Batavia, IL.  There will be visitation from 11:00 A.M. until the time of the service at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be directed to the Family of Denny and Carolyn Chidester, a college education fund will be established for the benefit of their grandchildren. For additional information contact Moss Family Funeral Home 630-879-7900 or

Guest Book

  • jimmy&patti steichman we are so sorry for your loss. we love you guys and wish we could be there. you are in our thoughts and prayers. love, jimmy&patti
  • Nick Gruber Please accept my deepest sympathies on your loss.
  • Darlene I worked with Carolyn at AT&T for many years (she sat accross from me) She was so proud of her grandkids and would share the pictures she got of them. She is a very giving person (donated baby things to a needy person I knew) She & Denny are angels in heaven now.
  • Claire Capaldo I am so sorry for the loss of your family loves, Denny and Carolyn. I grew up with Carolyn....we were classmates at St. Mary's and we were across the street neighbors while we were classmates at Albia Comm. High School and while Denny was serving in Viet Nam. Carolyn always had a wonderful smile and her laughter could be very comical!! I am not surprised at the family environment in your home as both of your folks grew up in strong famiies!! You are all blessed to have had both Denny and Carolyn in your lives!! God bless your family.
  • Bob Thompson I was completely shocked and saddened to here of the tragic loss of this great couple- I knew them both, along with their brothers and sisters. They had a wonderful life and family, and friends, and it's a shame it had to be cut short. Our deepest condolences to their family and friends.--Bob Thompson and wife Este (Towns) Thompson
  • Susan Goyette God Bless all of you as you grieve. I pray for healing for their grandaughter, and for your whole family as you grieve. I don't know you but your tragedy has touched my heart and I pray you find strength in the days to come from your family and friends and cherished memories.
  • george & sandy marriott we will always remember denny & carolyn we worked many steak fries, fish fries and wedding banquets together at the vfw, we did cub scouts, played cards, and went out to dinner, along with the pollards they were good friends. we haven't been intouch much since we moved to las vegas, but they always be in our hearts, and we will always love jenny and jeff and their families.
  • Rhonda Gray Mitrisin Janice, Judy, Jerry and the entire family please accept my deepest sympathy for the tragic loss of Denny & Carolyn. I too have been away from our home town of Albia for many years, but I have fond memories of our families and friendships so long ago. I saw your dear Mother before her passing at my Mother's passing. I am not surprised to read of Denny and Carolyn's commitment to family and community. They lived life to the fullest. Roots run deep. I pray for comfort and peace for the children, grandchildren, and all of the family; and for a memorial that will celebrate their lives and contributions. Peace & Love, Rhonda
  • MAX COX i was very shocked and saddened to hear the terrible news thank you denny for your friendshipof this tragedy. both were friends and denny and i ran around together in high school. thank you denny for your friendship and also thanks for serving our country in viet nam. rest in peace brother and carolyn also. MAX COX/ VIET NAM 66-67