James Oren Chilcoat, Jr., age 79, of Ithaca, MI, passed away Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at Schnepp Health Care Center, St. Louis, MI.
A Memorial Service will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes Ithaca, MI, Ithaca, MI, at 12:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, with Pastor Mona Kindel officiating. Burial will take place at a later date at Ithaca Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday beginning at 10:30 A.M. until the service at 12:00 P.M.
James was born in Alma, Michigan on February 14, 1942, the son of James Oren, Sr. and Eloise Edith (Townsend) Chilcoat. He graduated from Ithaca High School with the class of 1960. James proudly served his country in the United States Army.
On May 23, 1964, James married Sharilyn Ann Kimmel at the Ithaca Presbyterian Church, Ithaca, MI. They were blessed with 57 years of marriage. Jim began his working years working on his uncle's farm and tree service. After his time in the service, he worked for Wolverine Shoe Factory until in closed in 1986. He also worked for Playbouy Pontoon and the Soaring Eagle Casino.
Jim loved to hunt, fish and camp with Sharilyn and Shari. He was an animal lover and always had dogs and cats. He was an active member of the Ithaca American Legion Post #334. Most of all, Jim loved his family and friends and cherished his time with his grandchildren.
Jim is survived by his wife Sharilyn of Ithaca, MI; daughter Shari (Donald) Kelley of Alaska; 2 grandchildren: Samantha (Kyle) Furgerson and William Kelley; one sister Eloise (Ronald) Eroh of Texas; and "bonus" family: Wes (Sharon) Middaugh and Cinnamon Kniss. He was preceded in death by his parents, and infant son Michael James Chilcoat.
Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Ithaca, Michigan.