June was born June 11, 1941, to Ray and Margaret Bilyeu of Birchdale, Minnesota. She was the fifth child of seven children. Her siblings included Robert, Grace Strodthoff, Lois Dobbins, Barbara Gutterud, Douglas, and Arnie. June married Richard Chenoweth and they had two children, Bruce (Sharla Williamson) and Sarah (Jon McClellan) and have one grandchild, Mackenzie Lee McClellan. She was preceded in death by her parents.
She attended grade school at Border and graduated from Indus High School. She attended Bemidji State University, University of South Dakota, and graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, South Dakota, B.A., magna cum laude in Business. While the children were young, June limited her activities outside the home to completing her degree and part-time work. As the children became older, she began working full-time at a tax accountant for farmers and rancher, ending her career as an accountant in Fargo, North Dakota. Throughout her life, she volunteered her time to her church and service organizations such as Habitat for Humanities and Shalom. She also taught English as a second language for various refuge organizations.
A voracious reader, she belonged to book clubs in several communities. She collected angels, butterflies, and kaleidoscopes. June enjoyed sewing, particularly a Scandinavian form of embroidery known as hardanger. She loved spending time in her award winning flower garden. Upon retirement, she enjoyed traveling with her husband. Together, they toured Australia and New Zealand, England, Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Canada. Last fall, they traveled throughout the western United States by train.
In 2004 June and Richard moved from Moorhead to Isanti where they made their home so they could be closer to their children.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at Cambridge United Methodist Church with Rev. Jean Rollin officiating. A time of visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel.