Chester Monroe Wilson

March 22, 1948February 3, 2019

Chester Monroe Wilson, age 70, passed away at his home on February 3rd with his loving family by his side.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years Barbara ( Etchison ) Wilson, his daughters Vickie ( Jack ) Juback ,Debbie ( Dan ) Lamay, his much loved seven grandchildren Justin, Jared, Juliana, Jaiden, Danny, Colton ( little Mo ) and Maddie, his father Chester A Wilson, his brother Allen( Shari )Wilson and two sisters Tammy ( Rockie ) Carter and Michelle ( Mike ) Doyle. He was proceeded in death by his Mother Mary Wilson, and two sisters Phyllis ( Burt ) Riley and Janet Hall.

Chet was born at his Aunt Carrie's house in Gilmore, Kentucky the son of Chester and Mary Wilson. At the age of one the family moved to Ypsilanti, Michigan .After graduating from Willow Run High School Chester married Carol ( Eckert ) Wilson and they had two daughters, Vickie and Debbie. Chester was employed at Industrial Techtonics after graduating and in 1970 joined the Washtenaw County Sheriff Department where he worked in many capacities as a Deputy, a Sergeant, a K-9 handler, a Dectective and worked with the State Police in Law Net.

In 1980 Chet married his best friend Barb and the journey they shared for 39 years is a testament to their love for one another. Chet lived to hunt and had four record deer hanging on the wall. Barb had always said if there was ever a fire he would've saved the deer heads first. Upon retiring they spent their winters in St. Augustine, Florida where both enjoyed salt water fishing. A purchase of 55 acres in Northern Michigan completed the perfect package.

For all of you that knew him I hope you remember him as he was. Bigger than life, full of mischief, loved to laugh and a heart that was huge. This world was a better place because of him and God blessed us all by giving us the privilege of knowing him. Until we are all together again I will hold you in my heart forever.

A Memorial Service will take place on February 15th at Hosmer- Muehlig Chapel at 3410 Broad Street, Dexter, Michigan 48130. Visiting will be from 11 to 12 with the service starting at 12. A reception will follow at Webers Inn located at 3050 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor in the West Ball room. In lieu of flowers donations to the Thin blue line of Michigan would be appreciated.


  • Memorial Visitation Friday, February 15, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, February 15, 2019

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Cynda LuClaire

February 12, 2019

Etch, unfortunately I never had the opportunity to meet Chet but I know he had to be extraordinary to catch and keep your heart. I am so very sorry for your loss. I love you ❤️ my dear old childhood friend. “Cindy Boyd “ ❤️

David Sprinkle

February 9, 2019

God bless you, Chet, one of my personal heroes in life.
Chet was a man I liked and admired greatly. During the time I was with WCSD he was instantly someone who I looked up to and learned from, as was Barb also.
Later after their retirement, I would feel honored when they would stop by the Metroparks when I was working to have a chat. Thank you

Roger Cohoe

February 7, 2019

I had the great pleasure to work with Chet. I will always remember him as a very dedicated hard working Deputy who went out of his way to help anyone in need. Chet was a great Deputy and a good friend. God bless him and look after his family as they grieve and then celebrate his life . Always remember the good times which are many. I thank you Chet for allowing me to know you. You and Basil will make a great team in Heaven.

Mike Bailey

February 7, 2019

Where does anyone start talkin about Chet. There are so many memories all I know is when i was a rookie dispatcher then a Road deputy he always had time for me answered my rookie questions made sure I had what I needed and I had an immediate respect for him ! He was a go get em deputy With No Nonsense when it came down to making arrests always had your back. I had the privilege of working with him on the road a bit as well. His street wisdom, his humor and some of his unique sayings I used my entire career and use to this day. one tough guy with a tender heart!!! We will meet again on the other side!

Gary Johnson

February 7, 2019

R.I.P. My childhood friend, Chester, myself, and Gary Fraser, were always together doing anything and everything. From the many days of wrestling in his dads garage to having B.B. gun fights in the woods before washington square was built. We went thru school together almost our entire life but lost touch after getting married and raising our families, something I wish was different. May Chester’s family and friends fine peace in knowing this world was a much better place because of people like Chester. I will miss you my friend but look forward to seeing you in a better place.

Sending prayers to your family, Gary Johnson🙏🙏🙏

Don Novak

February 6, 2019

My condolences to Chester Wilson Sr and the entire Wilson family for their loss. Washtenaw County will always remember his service.

Peggy Youngs Knightley

February 6, 2019

I went to school with Chester. It started at Ross Elementary. I called him my boyfriend in kindergarten. We went all through school together. R.I.P my friend.

Linda Lanning

February 6, 2019

To our dear sister Barb, while we never had the opportunity to personally meet your Chet, we got to know him through your eyes and your love of him through your beautiful sharing with the group. You represented him well dear friend. He seems like a dear old friend. We as a group of your friends are saddened by your loss, as we grieve along side of you. Are hearts are heavy. You did great Barb. You were the best of the best helpmates for your love, and he knew that. We love you, we support you, we stand with you. Our sincere condolences to you and your family and dear friends. Thoughts and Prayers to you all.
Linda Lanning along with all your PSP sisterhood❤️🙏🏻

Michael Johnson

February 6, 2019

Although I haven't seen Chet in many years, I still have a vivid impression of him when we both worked at WCSD. I would characterize my impression of Chet as a "force of nature" - a big guy with a big personality. I remember him as a man with an innate sense of fairness and right and wrong. I think everyone he met had an opportunity to be treated with respect. Whether you kept that respect was up to you. Once you lost his respect, however - well, it was gone, and not likely to ever be regained. His sense of what was right, along with his sense of duty and honor, made it impossible for him to lie, cheat, or steal. If you didn't want the truth, then you shouldn't ask him the question. If you needed to know the truth, he was where you could find it. And, of course, we all remember his humor, his laugh, and smile.

My upmost respect goes out to Barb, a legendary deputy in her-own right. Her absolute devotion to Chet over the long period of his illness has made a profound impression on me, as it has, I'm sure, on everyone who was in contact with her. Her love for Chet was palable even across the void of cyber-space. You were a pure blessing to Chet, Barb, and God bless you for bringing him home to the Lord.

Dawn and Jim Jessen

February 5, 2019

Chet was a man with honor and pride...he married Barb.,,,the love of his life whom proved to be his guardian angel...RIP The Jessens