Eugene Jewell Chronister, 97, of Alton, Mo., was born Sept. 15, 1911, in Alton, Mo., and died Dec. 18, 2008.
He was united in marriage to Ina Jackson on Oct. 10, 1931. They celebrated 74 years of marriage before she preceded him in death three years ago.
Jewell and Ina lived in St. Louis for over 30 years, then in several communities in Illinois and Wisconsin while he worked for J.I. Case Company.
He retired after 37 years with the company and they moved to Alton in 1972.
They were both long time members of the First Baptist Church of Alton.
He is survived by: one daughter, Carolyn Belt of Alton; two sons, Robert Chronister and wife Sue of Alton, and Vernon Chronister and wife Joyce of West Plains, Mo.; three brothers, Granville Chronister and wife Callie of Alton, Duane Chronister and wife Jean of Sikeston, Mo., and Leroy Chronister and wife Irene of Alton; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Grissum and husband Harold of Alton; six grandchildren, Craig Chronister and wife Angie of West Plains, Brian Chronister of Philadelphia, Terry Belt of Arlington, Va., Jill Pierce of Chicago, Richard Chronister and wife Regena of West Plains, and Andrew Chronister and wife Kim of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; four great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, George and Floy Chronister; and one sister, Verna Siegel.
Services were held Dec. 20 at the Alton First Baptist Church, with Dr. Todd Ewing officiating. Interment followed in the Hickory Grove Cemetery.
Arrangements were made under the direction of the Clary Funeral Home of Alton.
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