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Donald Lee "Don" Chant Sr.

June 24, 1929 ~ July 17, 2018 (age 89)

     Donald Lee “Don” Chant Sr. age 89, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Grace Haven Assisted Living Center, St. Johns, MI.

     Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes - Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI, on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 10:00 A.M., with Pastor Andy Croel officiating.  Burial will take place at Fulton Center Cemetery, Perrinton, MI.  Visitation will be held on Friday, July 20, 2018 from 2-8 P.M. with family present from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M. at the funeral home.  A Masonic Service will be held at 7:00 P.M.

     Don was born in St. Johns, MI on June 24, 1929, the son of Albert T. and Gladys (LeBar) Chant.  On December 7, 1950 Don married Wreatha Ann Chaffin in Fulton, MI.  During their 67 years of marriage they were blessed with 4 children. 

     Don and Wreatha farmed their entire lives.  They owned and operated the Kwik Kook Restaurant in St. Johns.  Together Don and Wreatha enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas and spending winters in Florida.  They loved to go to the Buckley Steam Engine Festival and trying their luck at casinos.  Don was never happier than when he was wheeling and dealing farm equipment or land.  He was a lifetime member of Masonic Lodge #105, St. Johns. 

     Don is survived by his wife Wreatha, son Donald Lee (Janice) Chant Jr. of Harrison, daughter Christie (Alvin) Russell of St. Johns, son Brian "Buck" (Jodie) Chant of Laingsburg, and daughter Sarah (Todd) Wharton of Royal Palm Beach, FL, 7 grandchildren: Suzanne (Ryan) Fletcher, Rachel Chant, Ken (Amy) Walters, Kenneth (Jamie) Chant, Bentley Wharton, Maxwell Wharton, and Hudson Wharton; 3 great grandchildren: Anna Chant, Samuel Fletcher and Owen Fletcher; and many nieces and nephews.  Don was preceded in death by his parents and 3 siblings: June Mitchell, Arthur Chant, and Margaret Harlow.

     Memorials may be made to Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan, 112 S. Holmes St., Lansing, MI 48912. Online condolences can be sent to The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes - Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.

Donations may be made to:

Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan
121 S Holmes Street, Lansing MI 48912

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