Sam Chamness

Mar 23rd, 1926 - Aug 13th, 2018


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Mon, Aug. 20th, 2018 11:00 AM ~ 1:00 PM


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Mon, Aug. 20th, 2018 1:00 PM


Rose Hill Cemetery

Mon, Aug. 20th, 2018

Sam Chamness

Marion- Samuel L. “Sam” Chamness, 92 ½ of Marion, passed away at 7:46 AM, Monday, August 13, 2018 at his home.

Sam was born on March 23, 1926 in Marion to Lee and Esther (Hunter) Chamness. He married Irene Ellis in 1945 and she preceded him in death in 1981. He married his beloved Delores “Ann” Rader on July 19, 1993 at the Franklin County Courthouse. She survives of Marion.

Sam served his country bravely during WWII while stationed in Germany with the US Army 818th Battalion. Once honorably discharged, he began his career with Goodyear as a line inspector in Akron, OH. After his retirement he returned to Illinois to be with his brothers. He remained active in his communities as a member of the American Steel Workers Union in Akron and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Marion. He was Baptist and attended whenever he could.

In his spare time he enjoyed playing cards with his friends and family, fishing for whatever was biting and bird watching. He enjoyed quiet times with his family, watching PBR rodeo bull riding and watching old westerns, especially those with John Wayne. He will be missed by all those that knew and loved him.

Survivors include-

Wife- Ann Chamness of Marion
Daughter- Brenda Alcorn and husband Gene of Navarre, OH
Step son- Mike Whiting and wife Sherry of Marion
13 grandchildren including-
Donna Rohr and husband Wayne
Mike Alcorn
Melinda Richardson and husband Brad
Scott Alcorn and wife Susana
Johnathon, Christopher and Tanner Alcorn
Chrissy Stein and husband Ryan
Angela McAnalley and husband James
Chris Whiting and wife Jennifer
Brad Whiting
Dawn Wroblewski and husband Justin
Chelsea Chamness
Many great grandchildren
2 great great grandchildren
Numerous nieces and nephews and close friends

He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, sons- Martin, Tracy & Bruce, daughter- Mary Boyer and 4 brothers and 5 sisters.

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM, Monday, August 20, 2018 at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion. Pastor Barbara Vaughn will officiate. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion. Military rites will be performed at graveside by the Marion VFW and American Legion Posts with assistance from the Illinois National Guard. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until time of service, Monday, August 20, 2018 at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion.

Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and will be accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home/ 800 N Market St/ Marion, IL.  62959.  For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit

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11 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Anthony Rinella

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: August 14, 2018


    So very sorry for your loss. Peggy and I send our thoughts and prayers.

  • Guest: Jan Bly

    From: Creal Springs, Illinois

    Date: August 15, 2018

    Steve & I send our love to Sam’s family and my best friend Ann.

  • Guest: Carlie Stein

    From: Avon, Ohio

    Date: August 15, 2018

    Sorry for your lost sending prayers at this difficult time.

  • Guest: Jianne Smith

    From: Navarre, Ohio

    Date: August 15, 2018

    When Sam smiled it would brighten the room! What a wonderful man he will be missed. With love Joanne

  • Guest: Susie Chamness Ethridge

    From: Easley, South Carolina

    Date: August 15, 2018

    Uncle Sam, one in a million! His incredible sense of humor and his love for his brothers and his family was awesome to see and receive. How blessed all my life to have had him in my life along with his brothers Tom Ben, Bob and my dad Delbert and his sisters Florence and Maxine, who was gone so soon. What a family so full of love!!!

  • Guest: Rhonda Boyer Neumeyer

    From: Akron, Ohio

    Date: August 16, 2018

    I have many fond memories of Sam! He was my neighbor when I was a little girl and was always so kind. Later, he became my brother’s father-in-law. He was a special man. Praying for God’s comfort and peace for all of you!

  • Guest: Rosetta Petersheim

    From: Apple Creek , Ohio

    Date: August 17, 2018

    Prayers for the family..Heaven gained another angel

  • Guest: Tesia

    From: Christopher, Illinois

    Date: August 17, 2018

    Chelsea, Tammy, Brittiani,

    Love you guys. So sorry for your loss.

  • Guest: Carla Wright

    From: Mint Hill, North Carolina

    Date: August 18, 2018

    Chrissy Stein & Family, I am sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  • Guest: Howard and Theresa Hiller

    From: Fair Play, South Carolina

    Date: August 18, 2018

    Our thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • Guest: Charles Chamness

    From: West Frankfort, Illinois

    Date: August 20, 2018

    Sorry for your loss