James (Jim) Frank Chiaventone

Dec 14th, 1931 - Jan 28th, 2021

Service:

San Carlo Cemetery

Sat, Jan. 30th, 2021

Burial:

San Carlo Cemetery

Sat, Jan. 30th, 2021

James (Jim) Frank Chiaventone

James (Jim) Frank Chiaventone, 89, Herrin; passed away on January 28, 2021.  Jim was the son of the late Joseph and Florence (Bardaloni) Chiaventone of Orient, IL.

Jim married Delene Marlow of Herrin in 1952 at OLMC Catholic church in Herrin; they shared 38 years of marriage, before her passing at a young age in 1990. Jim never remarried.

After graduation from West Frankfort High School, Jim worked for Freeman Coal Company, before beginning a 25-year career at Norge Manufacturing in Herrin. Jim was the general foreman of Receiving and Warehousing. He completed his professional career as the warehouse superintendent at Classic Coal, and 20 years at the Kerr-McGee Galatia mine. Jim was tasked with the initiation of the mine’s warehouse processing at startup of the mine’s operations. Jim’s positions at all companies gave him the opportunity to allow dozens of local residents’ employment.

Jim was a Navy veteran of the Korean conflict. He enjoyed coaching baseball, hunting and fishing with his sons, and camping with family and friends. He was a member/officer of Herrin K of C, Eagles, and the Rome Club. Jim was ‘old school’ in the best of ways. He had the courage of a lion and the heart of a lamb. He was very generous with his time, resources and advice. He was respected, appreciated and loved by friends, co-workers and three generations of his and Delene’s family.

Survivors include his son, Pat and Carmen (Cook) Chiaventone of Herrin; son, Russell Chiaventone of Herrin; daughter-in-law, Jetta Chiaventone of New Orleans, LA; and niece, Debbie (Chiaventone) Agans of Marion. Jim is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and many grand nieces, nephews and cousins.

Those proceeding Jim in death were his parents, his wife Delene, his beloved son, Michael Joseph Chiaventone, and only sibling, Al Chiaventone of West Frankfort.

A private graveside service will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at the San Carlo Catholic cemetery, Herrin with Father Mark Reyling officiating.

Johnson-Hughes is assisting the family with the arrangements. The family asks for no donations or flowers.

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9 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Carolyn Smoot

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: January 29, 2021

    What a great guy and a wonderful family. I’m thinking and praying for everyone. Jim was a loving father and grandfather. I always was so impressed he took his grandkids to parades all over the area. I thought that was an neat tradition. God bless.

  • Guest: John & Judy Crawford

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: January 30, 2021

    We were saddened by the news of Jim’s passing. We will forever remember him greeting us whenever we entered OLMC for his beloved 8:00 mass. He was such a gentleman, and we certainly were proud to call him our friend. Rest in peace, Jim.

    In sympathy,
    John and Judy Crawford

  • Guest: Sheila Murrah Hernbeck

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: January 30, 2021

    I was secretary to Ray Plute, Jim’s immediate boss. That meant I did any and all secretarial work Jim needed. He was always a gentleman. I will never forget when he was going through nicotine withdrawals ( unlike most of the men of that era, he quit!). I kept everything from cough drops to Hot Tamales candy In my desk for him. He was a pleasure to be around and I always knew how much he loved his family. My condolences to all.

  • Guest: Danny Bione

    From: , Illinois

    Date: January 30, 2021

    Pat, Rusty, Jetta and family. I’m sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. What guy he was. One thing about Jim that always impressed me was, you knew where he stood. He will be missed.

  • Guest: Robert and Debbie Browning

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: January 30, 2021

    Sorry we just heard of Jim’s passing. He was a great friend and we will miss him.

  • Guest: Robert and Debbie Browning

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: January 30, 2021

    Sorry for Jim’s passing. He was a good friend and will be missed by everyone that knew him.

  • Guest: Monte Franklin

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: February 1, 2021

    Bonnie and I want to express our sympathy to the Chiaventone family. We fondly remember your father. who was always at the ball park and the gym supporting his children and grandchildren.

  • Guest: Bill and Kathy Cooper

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: February 1, 2021

    Pat and Rusty, Sorry for your loss.

  • Guest: Kerri Webb

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: February 2, 2021

    So sorry Pat and Russ!

    Uncle Jim was a great man that always had your back.

    I remember him sitting in his living room in his chair with a big bowl of popcorn every night watching tv while Aunt Delene helped me with homework.

    We all have another angel to watch over us!!