James R. Chittenden, age 79, of Morenci, Mich., passed away on Monday, August 24, 2020, at his home under the loving care of his family.
He was born on January 2, 1941, in Morenci, the son of Herman and Vera (Bachman) Chittenden. He was a 1958 graduate of Morenci High School. Jim married Joyce Ann Woodard on November 23, 1961, in Jasper and she survives.
Jim was employed with the Dura Corporation for 35 years, retiring in 2000. After retirement, Jim decided to go back to work for the Angola Council on Aging where he really enjoyed the people he met. He was a faithful member of Seneca Community Church. He enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers, playing online trivia contests, camping, and sitting in the NASCAR garage at MIS people-watching. His family and friends will always remember Jim for his famous “one-liners” and dad jokes.
In addition to his wife Joyce, Jim is survived by his son, Jeff (and Penny) Chittenden; two daughters, Jamie (and Steve) Rigot and Jana (and Devron) DeHart; eight grandchildren, Zach Chittenden, Maegan (and Devyn) Miller, Conner (and Austin) Prantera, Olivia Chittenden, Madi (and Ian) Taylor, Ashton DiPetro, Jayde Fruchey and Eli DeHart; one great-grandson, Jaxen Chittenden; one brother, Donald (and Sally) Chittenden; one sister, Patricia Andrews; and mother-in-law, Audrey Woodard.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Chittenden; sister, Susie Seiler; and his parents.
The family would like to send a special thank you to ProMedica Hospice in Monroe and to his angel nurse, Karen.
Funeral services for Jim will be held on Saturday, August 29, at 1:00 p.m. with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at Seneca Community Church with Pastor Jon Ruse officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci.
Memorial contributions in honor of James may be made to Seneca Community Church or Lenawee County Humane Society.
Arrangements were handled by Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci.