James “Chip” DeJohn, 73, passed away Friday March 24, 2017 in his home with his family by his side. Chip was born in Ilion on October 21, 1943 the son of the late Deke and Grace (Cinquino) DeJohn, he attended Ilion Schools and on October 21, 1973 he was married to Lorraine (Brenda) Sweet, a union they shared for 43 years.
Chip was owner and operator of Chip’s Service Station along with his brother Rick for 35 years. He was also a volunteer for Partner’s at Heart at Bassett Healthcare.
Chip loved Studebakers. His dream was to have a Golden Hawk. He loved football, car racing and playing cards with friends, cooking but most of all he loved his family. He was happiest when he was spending time with them especially his greatest treasure his grandchildren. He enjoyed hanging out in the yard where his friends would come over and spend time with him. Everybody loved Chip for his ability to make you laugh through his wit.
Chip is survived by his wife, his son Jamie of Ashville, NC, two daughters and a son in law Lori and Steven Gray of York, SC, and Coleen Seymour of Ilion, His four wonderful grandchildren Daniel (who he lovingly called ( Danielsan), Erin and Kyle Gray and Libby Seymour. His brother and best friend Rick and his wife Deb of Ilion, sister in laws Ceil DeJohn , Eleanor Stubba and her husband William, Prudence and Don Seamon, a brother in law James (Erkie) Sweet and his wife Nanette, also many cousins and nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, and many wonderful friends. He was predeceased by his parents Deke and Grace DeJohn, In laws Ward and Annie Sweet, brothers Francis (Bucky), Joseph (Skip) DeJohn , brother in law Charles Askham and sister in law Letha (Chubby) Cousins and Patricia Miller, nephew Zach Seamon and great nephew Joey DeJohn. A special thank you to Jamie's dog "Peanut" who provided comfort to Chip and never left his side. Chip will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Friends are invited to attend calling hours for Chip to be held on Tuesday March 28, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with funeral services to be held on Wednesday March 29, 2017 at 11:00 AM. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery in the spring.
Friends are asked to consider memorial donations in Chip’s memory to Hospice and Palliative Care Inc. 277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford 13413 or ones favorite charity. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
A special Thank You to Steve and Colleen Pardi and all the staff of the Ilion Medicine Shoppe for all their support and generosity. A special thanks to Julie Kaykoski of the Medicine Shoppe for going above and beyond to provide us with comfort and expertise at this sensitive time.
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