Jack Chism  Juanita Chism
Jack Frederick Chism and Juanita (Watson) Chism, who had a love that lasted 73 years, passed away within hours of each other. The high school sweethearts married Nov. 15, 1947, in Kokomo, Indiana. Due to the recent outbreak of coronavirus and recommendations from public health officials, a celebration of Jack and Juanita's lives will be held later this summer. Silha Funeral Home of Wibaux, Montana, has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Juanita passed away Wednesday evening, March 18, 2020, at Wibaux Co. Nursing Home in Wibaux, Montana, near her husband's side. Juanita was 91 years old, born Nov. 13, 1928, in Kokomo, Indiana. She was the daughter of Isaac and Lucy (Neilander) Watson, who preceded her in death. Juanita attended Kokomo High School and worked at Haynes International, where she later retired. Juanita had two siblings, sister Jane (Harold) Adams and brother James (Naomi) Watson, all of whom are deceased.
Jack passed away early Thursday morning, March 19, 2020, just hours after the love of his life passed away. He was 90 years old, born May 5, 1929, in Kokomo, Indiana. He was the son of Arthur and Blanche (Donovan) Chism, who preceded him in death. He graduated from Kokomo High School in 1948 and then went on to work at Cuneo Press, where he later retired. Jack had five siblings, brothers Arthur (Dorothy) Chism, Walter Chism, and Lester Chism, and two sisters, Rosemary (Doyle) Reed and Norma (Everett) Cuttingham, all of whom are deceased.
After they both retired in Kokomo, Indiana, they decided to move cross-country to Wibaux, Montana, in 1999. They raised their family in Indiana and decided to make the move, following their son, Jay, and daughter, Jackie.
Their surviving children are two daughters, Joset (Dennis) Rush, of Logansport, Indiana, Jackie Quinn, of Wibaux, Montana, and a son, Jay Chism, of Wibaux, Montana.
They have seven grandchildren, Ed (Carlena) Quinn, of Glendive, Montana, Jeff Mckee, of Kokomo, Indiana, Tarei St. Clair, of Kokomo, Indiana, Stacy (Ryan) Engel, of Peru, Indiana, Brandon (Leatha) Chism, of Dickinson, North Dakota, Rachel (Josh) Wentz, of Glendive, Montana, and then Chrissy (Kentley) Holley, both of whom are deceased.
They have 14 great-grandchildren, Carson Quinn, Adelaide Quinn, Jayden Holley, Avery Holley, Baylee Holley, Brady St. Clair, Mady St. Clair, Braxtyn Maroney, Nixon Engel, Benjamin Engel, Caden Chism, Riley Chism, Bentley Wentz, and Hailey Wentz.
They both enjoyed working out in the yard and gardening, watching basketball, old western movies and Jimmy Swaggart Ministries, doing puzzles, and spending time with family. They attended Morning Star House of the Lord (Kokomo, Indiana) and Mount Zion Free Methodist Church (Kokomo, Indiana).
They were preceded in death by their son-in-law, Gary Quinn; granddaughter, Chrissy Holley and her husband Kentley Holley; and grandson, Isaac Chism.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: www.silhafuneralhomes.com.
Published on March 24, 2020

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