James Robert Chess

May 14, 1948 - February 2, 2019

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Thursday, February 7, 2019 7:00 PM Vernon Funeral Home

Pastor James R. Chess 70 of Urbana, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, February 2, 2019 in Mercy Health Urbana Hospital.
He was born May 14, 1948 in Gadsden, Alabama the son of Chester R. and Sylvia (Gipson) Chess. Pastor Jim was a 1966 graduate of Urbana High School and attended Urbana University. He later obtained his degree in divinity.
Early in his career he was a Pastor with DeGraff Nazarene Church and he served as jail chaplain. Pastor Jim served for over 25 years the congregation of the Urbana Friends Church and the Urbana community. He was a kind and caring man who loved to share and talk with people.
His survivors include his children, Kendra (Kurt) McClung, Kyle (Kristy) Chess, Chris Campbell and Stacy Miller, grandchildren, Erin Chess, Conner Kuhn, Rebecca Chess, Lauren Chess, Shelby Campbell and Mikala McClung; his brothers and sisters in laws, Jerry (Christine) Chappell and Dorothy Lueloff; as well as several nieces, nephews and many close friends, including, Elke and Keven Huang.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife, Barbara Chess, his daughter, Lorena Michelle "Renie" Campbell and brothers-in-law, Eugene (Helen) Bostick and Elwood (Tula) Bostick.

Funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 7, 2019 in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Fred Kensler officiating.
The family has requested in lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Urbana Friends Church, 204 Rohrer St., Urbana, Ohio 43078.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


Lori A Figley - Feb 9, 2019
My sincerest condolences. I lived behind Pastor Chess when my husband was battling cancer. Pastor Chess was a blessing during that time. God bless you and the family. I am sorry for your loss
Sandra - Feb 7, 2019
My condolences to the family. Please be comforted by the Bibles promise of the resurrection. Acts 24:15, John 5:28,29.
Kelly - Feb 6, 2019
My cousin was the sweetest and gentlest man around. i will miss his booming voice and penchant for story telling.
Sandra Haemmerle - Feb 5, 2019
So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. A kind and gracious man.
Pennie Cahoon Brown - Feb 5, 2019
My prayers are with your family. I graduated from high school with Jim and have known him as a loving and caring father, pastor and friend to many.So sorry for your lost.

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