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James F. Cheney


James (Jim) Frank Cheney, age 89 of New Albany, Ohio died August 08, 2019 peacefully at his home with his daughter by his side.

Jim was born in Berlin Germany and, at age nine, went to Shanghai with his family as refugees from the Nazis. Jim, whose last name was Stoerck at the time, was adopted at age 11 by Frank “Unc” Cheney after the death of his mother in China. Jim traveled to and lived in India with the Cheney family before coming to the United States in 1946.

Jim attended Berea College, was naturalized in 1952 and proudly served as a Veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married his beautiful wife Ruth LaDell in 1957 and they spent 51 happy years together.

Jim will be forever remembered by his son Steve (Terri) and daughter Linda (Jeff) as well as grandchildren Chadd, April, Katie and great-grandson Julien.

A celebration of Jim’s life with military honors is being planned. Friends and family will be notified with the details.

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  • Barbara Roush says:

    Of all the people I met and enjoyed at my time working at the VFW Post 4719,Jim was a constant delight,a source of humor,wisdom and compassion. His kindness at the death of my husband will always be a voice in my heart.It was an honour to know him.I hope to see you on the other side my dearest friend.

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