Representative Chester O. Hougen View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 3/25/1982
Birth Place: McCallsburg, IA
Birth County: Story
Birth Country: USA
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 62 (1967) - 63 (1969)
House: 59 (1961) - 60 (1963)
Home County: Black Hawk
Chester O. Hougen
Black Hawk County


MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character, and public service of the late Honorable Chester O. Hougen, begs leave to submit the following memorial:

Chester O. Hougen was born on a farm near McCallsburg in Story County, April 10, 1907, to Ole and Carrie Hougen. Mr. Hougen passed away March 25, 1982, and was preceded in death by his first wife, Louise Montgomery Hougen.

Mr. Hougen received both B.A. and J.D. degrees from the State University of Iowa and was active in the practice of law and various businesses in the Waterloo area during his lifetime. He also served, during various periods of his life, as an attorney for the Federal Land Bank and as Administrator of the Estates and Trusts Division of the Iowa Department of Revenue.

He was active in community affairs and was a long-time member of Rotary International, the Chamber of Commerce, Elks, and other civic organizations. He also was a 32nd degree Mason, and a member of El Kahir Shrine. Mr. Hougen was also a member of the Lutheran Church.

Senator Hougen served as a member of the Iowa House in the 59th and 60th General Assemblies (1961-1965), and in the Iowa Senate in the 62nd and 63rd General Assemblies (1967-1971). He is also survived by his wife, Hazel; one son, Howard Hougen of Alexandria, Virginia; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Carla Salmon of Appleton, Wisconsin, and Mrs. Joan Sherman, New York City; one brother, Kermit Hougen of Radcliffe; three sisters, Mrs. Hazel Phillips of Story City, Mrs. Vivian Wallach, Fort Worth, Texas and Mrs. Mildred Thorson, Hays, Kansas; and four grandchildren.

Now Therefore, Be It Resolved by the Senate of the Sixty-ninth General Assembly of Iowa: That the passing of the Honorable Chester O. Hougen, the State has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and that the Senate, by this resolution expresses its appreciation of his service to his community, state, and nation, and tenders its sympathy and kindest regards to members of his family.

Be It Further Resolved: That a copy of this resolution be entered into the Journal of the Senate and that the Secretary of the Senate be instructed to forward an enrolled copy to each member of Mr. Hougen’s family.





The resolution was unanimously adopted.