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Jim Chaney

December 28, 1962 — April 15, 2020

Jim Chaney

Jim Chaney


Age 57 of Wilmington passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at his home with his wife and children by his side after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born December 28, 1962 in Joliet, James Ronald was the son of Ronald Chaney and Maureen (nee Sharp) Chaney. He was raised and educated in Wilmington, and graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1981. Jimmy was an HVAC installer his entire career and for the past eleven years owned and operated Chaney Heating and Air.

Jimmy was a true family man, who was known as “Grandpa Jim” to any child who knew him. He loved watching his children and grandchildren’s sporting events, coaching his son Corey, playing cul-de-sac ballgames, and enjoyed hosting pool parties with friends and family. Jimmy especially looked forward to neighborhood “porchgating” with his friends and family on Friday nights before Wildcat football games, and trips to his condo in Siesta Key, Florida.

Survivors include his wife, Bev Chaney, whom he married on May 26, 2001 in Siesta Key Beach, Florida; four children: Corey (Jamie) Chaney, Mark (Rachel) Shell, Bethani Hincherick, and Kaylee (Kevin) Heap; six grandchildren: Melia, Cruz, and Talon Hincherick, Annabelle Shell, and Milo and Oliver Heap; four sisters: Becky (Rick) Hansen, Pam (Mike) VanDuyne, Michele Chaney (Eric), and Kathy (Steve) Horwath; numerous nieces and nephews, and dear friends: Kevin Webb, Fred Yax, and Dennis Vice.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents: Ron Chaney and Maureen Chaney, and grandparents: James and Jean Chaney, and Maurice and Mary Sharp.

Private funeral services will be held, and Jimmy will be laid to rest at Oakwood Cemetery in Wilmington.

Pallbearers will be: Mike VanDuyne, Curt Hansen, Kevin Webb, Dennis Vice, Fred Yax, and Steve Nelson.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts to the family for their distribution.

Family and friends may sign the online guest book, upload photographs, share Jimmy’s tribute page via social media, or extend a memorial contribution by logging onto:

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington (815) 476-2181.

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