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JUAN CHACON


1926 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
JUAN CHACON Obituary
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Juan Chacon, 87, passed peacefully at KU Medical Center surrounded by family on Thursday, April 17, 2014. He was born on April 24, 1926 in Houston, Texas, to Bartola Chacon and Jesus Negreti. During his late teens, he traveled to Mexico with family members, where he lived for a couple of years. Upon returning to Kansas City, he started working at Wilson's Packing Company where he learned the trade of butcher. After a few years at Wilson's, he left to join Santa Fe Railroad (now BNSF), where he would work for 48 years before retiring in March of 1991. He was well known in the Armourdale community of Kansas City, Kansas, where he owned several properties and would walk the neighborhood picking up aluminum cans. While Juan enjoyed a comfortable railroad pension, he remained thrifty and humble, always looking for a way to earn extra income. Everyone in his neighborhood knew him as 'Don Juanito' and he enjoyed visiting with other residents of his neighborhood on his daily walks. Juan was preceded in death by both his parents, Bartola Chacon and Jesus Negreti, his son John 'Fato' Gonzales, his sister Elvira Ledesma, his wife Macaria Chacon, several grandsons including Joe Chacon; Manuel Joseph Perez; John Francisco Perez and great grandsons Juan Carlos Dominguez; Chris Mendoza; Adrian Chacon and Robert Smith. Juan is survived by his children John (Rosemary) Chacon; Guadalupe (Frank) Montes; Carmen (Robert) Romero; David Chacon; Virginia Chacon; Connie (Joey) Montoya; Linda Gonzales; Mary Gonzales; Michael (Elizabeth) Gonzales; Gloria (Pablo) Baeza and Robert (Rhonda) Chacon. Surviving siblings include Trinidad Chacon; Gilbert Chacon; Carmen Park; Ignacio 'Nacho' Chacon and Frank Chacon. He leaves behind 25 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and two great great granddaughters. The family would like to thank his daughter Linda Gonzales, daughter in law Rhonda Chacon, sons Robert and John Chacon, Crossroads Hospice, his home health nurse Lakeitha Lavan, granddaughters Victoria Covarrubias and Macaria Gonzales, grandsons Carlos Gonzalez and Juan Velazquez, great grandsons Gabriel and Alex Vaca along with great granddaughters Veronica Gonzales and Macaria Velasquez. A special thank you to his home health aide Joanne Givens and a very special thank you to Dr. Vinaya Koduri, who also provided exemplary healthcare to his late wife, and also the entire staff at Crossroads Hospice who reached out to our family to express love and concern during the loss of our loved one. A very special heartfelt thank you to his daughter and caregiver Gloria, and her supportive husband Pablo Baeza, who put their lives on hold to care for Juan and be his advocate when he no longer was able to. Gloria, we are forever grateful for the love and support you have provided. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 23, from 6-8 p.m., at McGilley Midtown Chapel, 21 West Linwood Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10 a.m., Holy Name Catholic Church, 1001 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Kansas. Fond memories and condolences may be offered at www.mcgileymidtownchapel.com. Burial: Mount Calvary Cemetery. M
Published in Kansas City Star on Apr. 22, 2014
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