On October 1, 2020, Dwaine Sever Chinander, passed away at the age of 70. He was born on January 18, 1950 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to Ruth (Rall) and Sever Brevick whom later divorced. In 1956, Ruth married Robert Chinander & subsequently in 1964, Robert adopted Dwaine.
In 1969, Dwaine graduated from White Sulphur Spring High School in Montana. While in high school he worked as a ranch hand for local ranchers and V.K.V. Lumber Company. After high school he enjoyed trucking cattle, grain, and hay. He maintained a CDL until he retired and was always willing to haul a load.
In 1970, Dwaine entered the U.S. Navy and served as a Aircraft Mechanic in the Vietnam War. In 1976, he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy and was very proud of being a Seabee. In 1981, he enlisted with the United States Naval Reserve Center Las Vegas and served six years.
Dwaine spent the 1980’s being a proud provider and cared deeply for Tona (wife) and helped raise Mike, Ronda, and Barb (Tona’s children). They resided in Las Vegas where he worked as a heavy diesel mechanic and welder. In 1989, Dwaine and Tona divorced yet remained lifetime friends and continued to share found memories of Tona along with Ronda and Barb.
Dwaine worked in Las Vegas the majority of his life as a heavy diesel mechanic and welder. He enjoyed taking vacations to White Sulphur Springs, Montana to visit with his parents, sisters, extended family, & friends. He was always willing to help out his family and friends. He never met a stranger. He enjoyed hunting and snowmobiling in the Big Sky Country.
In 2010 he retired and moved to Beloit, Kansas to be closer to his sister, Kathryn Sage. He spent countless hours sharing stories with Joe & Christine Witt (niece). He was especially caring toward his great nieces Elizabeth and Victoria Witt. He enjoyed visiting with his nephews and their families: Kevin & Sheena Sage (nephew) and Gian Ramon Bacaron (great nephew) and Wellington & Megan Sage (nephew) & Elliot and Isaiah (great nephews).
Dwaine was preceded in death by Sever Brevick, Ruth & Robert Chinander, & Michael Huffman
Dwaine left behind many to celebrate his life including sisters- Lucille (Bill) Zuidema & Kathryn Sage; lifetime friends-Tona, Kenneth Sage, Mike & Richard Weitz, “Bucky” John Sauceda, Jr, & Curtis Underwood; Nieces-Jeannie Zuidema, Marianna (Donald) Loose, Linda (Chad) Cline & Christine (Joe) Witt; nephews- John (Lori) Zuidema, Dwight (Dawn) Sage, Kevin (Sheena) Sage, Wellington (Megan) Sage; great nieces- Elizabeth & Tori Witt plus many more; great nephews-Gian Ramon Bacaron, Elliot & Isaiah Sage plus many more.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund or the Meagher County Community Senior Center in White Sulphur Springs, MT. Memorial services will take place at Rose Valley Cemetery on Friday, October 16th at 2 p. m.
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