James Elsworth Chezem

August 19, 2015

James Elsworth Chezem 93, of rural Frankfort, passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. He was born on September 5, 1921 in Frankfort, IN to William and Ethel (Thompson) Chezem. Jim graduated from Frankfort High School in 1939 and received an appointment to the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, where he graduated with honors in 1944.

During and following World War II, he served in the U.S. Merchant Marine as an engineer on troop and cargo ships that sailed all over the world. He was a reserve officer in the United States Navy until 1954.

Jim and Suzanne Smith were married in New York City on September 18, 1946. They had two children, James and Jacqueline. Jacqueline passed in 1975 and Suzanne preceded Jim in death in 1981. He later married Ann Holder on July 19, 1985.

Jim worked as an engineer at Scott Paper Company in Detroit, farmed in Clinton County and was supervisor of buildings and grounds for the West Lafayette School Corporation until he retired in 1981.

For many years Jim was an excellent gardener and enjoyed sharing garden produce with family and friends. He contributed to the book, Gardening: Expert Advice from the National Gardening Association. Throughout his life Jim had a gift for helping people. He gave his talents to his country during war, was involved in community projects, and took an interest in helping children when he worked in the West Lafayette Schools. Many students fondly remember him as Mr. C. and still talk about his visits to Ann’s classroom with doughnuts for the children, lessons on gardening, and help with the plants in the grow lab. He had a keen sense of humor and enjoyed making people laugh.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be at the Goodwin Funeral Home on Monday, August 24, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Burial will be at the Kilmore Cemetery. Those wishing to donate in Jim’s memory may send contributions designated for the children’s library in the Frankfort Public Library, 208 W. Clinton St., Frankfort, IN 46041 or The Public School Foundation of the Rossville Consolidated School, P.O. Box 11, Rossville, IN 46065.

Survived by:

his wife, Ann, his son, James (wife Jorjann) in Loveland, Ohio, two granddaughters, Julie Anderson in Quartzsite, Arizona and Jane Chezem (Husband, Matt Dahl) in Milford, Ohio, two step-grandsons, Kyle Alexander Chezem and Zachary Alexander of Cincinnati, Ohio, one great granddaughter, Katie Joan Dahl, and many fond nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Leave your Condolences

9 Condolences for “James Elsworth Chezem”

  1. Jorjann Chezem August 21, 2015 at 1:05 am

    May God help us
    Keep close in our hearts fond and loving memories of Jim, Dad, Grandpa, – we miss you. God bless, fair wind and following seas for you.

  2. Carolyn, Steven Rowe, and Judy Schunot August 21, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Our sincerest condolences.

  3. Bill Martin August 21, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. It was an honor to serve Jim during my time at Creasy. I will always remember the dedication that Anne showed to Jim on a daily basis. The walks, the meals, the vigilance she showed to make sure Jim received the care he deserved. My hope is that, Anne, you can rest now knowing your love and commitment was not in vain but you gave Jim much comfort during his last years.

  4. Butch & Becky Vandeveer & Families. August 22, 2015 at 9:12 am

    We always enjoyed visiting with Jim. He was such an interesting, witty, and knowledgeable gentleman.
    May all the fond memories comfort you.
    In God’s Love,
    Butch & Becky Vandeveer
    Matt & Children
    Todd & Family
    Corey & Family.

  5. Timm and Phoebe Bax August 22, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Dear ones,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you remember your husband, father, grandfather and friend.
    God bless you all.
    Love and prayers,
    Timm and Phoebe

  6. Hadley wilfong August 22, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Sending you my prayers during this difficult time. I loved Jim, and counted it a joy to be able to be a part of his life in the year of taking care of him while he was at Creasy springs. I will miss his awesome sense of humor. Prayers to the family. I am so sorry for his passing.

  7. Kent and Kathy Need August 24, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Ann and Boo Boo,
    We’re sorry to have heard of Jim’s passing and offer our thoughts and prayers during this time. Of times passed, I remember many visits to your home as a young guy with you, Jim, and Jackie, and what fun it was to be teased and laughed with both “Satan” and Sue. I will carry those great memories forever. Just know we share your loss.
    Kent and Kathy Need

  8. Linda Wiegand August 24, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Jim was such a nice and caring man. I hope that your fond memories will comfort you at this time.

  9. Dave and Marlene Wilhelm August 24, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Dear Ann and the family of Jim Chezem, We just listened today, Monday the 24th, to the message on our answering machine regarding Jim’s death. We send our condolences and pray God will be with you and the family as you go through this difficult time. Jim was a very fine neighbor. He shared many of his vegetable garden with us. We loved his wonderful tomatoes and green beans!!! Thank you for letting us know about his passing even though we did not see it in time to attend the funeral. Hugs and Prayers from your neighbors Dave and Marlene Wilhelm.

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