CHISM, Jack & Juanita

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. 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.
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. 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. 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 sisters Rosemary (Doyle) Reed and Norma (Everett) Cuttingham, all of whom are deceased.
After they both retired in Kokomo, 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 and Jackie Quinn of Wibaux, Montana, and son Jay Chism of Wibaux, Montana.
They have seven grandchildren: Ed (Carlena) Quinn of Glendive, Montana, Jeff Mckee of Kokomo, Tarei St. Clair of Kokomo, Stacy (Ryan) Engel of Peru, Brandon (Leatha) Chism of Dickinson, North Dakota, Rachel (Josh) Wentz of Glendive, Montana and 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) and Mt. Zion Free Methodist Church (Kokomo).
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.silhafuneral homes.com
Silha Funeral Home of Wibaux, Montana has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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