Richard Douglas “Dick” Chilton, 67, passed away on February 27, 2022, at his home in St. James, MO. He was born on January 31, 1955, in Rolla, MO to the late Marvin Leonard and Mary Lorraine “Midge” (Patrick) Chilton. Richard had bravely confronted and fought lung cancer for several years.
Richard grew up in St. James, MO. He attended the St. James Public Schools. At the age of sixteen he traveled to New Orleans, LA where he began his career as a carpenter. He was a member of the Carpenters Union of St. Louis, MO. He worked in the carpentry trade for 50 years and owned Chilton Homes and R.C. Construction Company. Richard was a member of the St. James Christian Church. He enjoyed helping neighbors, being outside on his tractor, taking care of his cows and horses, playing the game of chess, and spending time with his family and friends.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents Marvin and Mary Lorraine Chilton; his first wife Brenda Day Siller Chilton; his sister MaryEtta Plank Blackburn; his niece Tina Chilton; his nephew Derek Chilton; and his grandson Gabriel “Gabe” Verdin.
Richard is survived by his second wife Bonita Waguespack Chilton of St. James, MO; his sons Roland Siller of Pocahontas, AR; Joshua Chilton of St. James, MO, and Ted (Jenny) Chilton of Bourg, LA; his daughters MaryEllen (Dana) Chilton-Huyler of Austin, TX and Sherry Chilton of Bourg, LA; his grandsons Dakota Siller of Pocahontas, AR and Jack Chilton of Bourg, LA; his granddaughters Breanna Siller of Walnut Ridge, AR, Caitlin Verdin of Montegut, LA, Heather Verdin of Brookhaven, MS and Faye Chilton of Bourg, LA; his daughter-in-law Evelyn Verdin Chilton of Montegut, LA, his mother-in-law Sherry Waguespack of Bourg, La; his brothers Marvin “Larry” (Judy) Chilton of Wesco, MO and Dale (Laura) Chilton of St. James, MO; his sisters Carol “Jean” (Bob) Watkins of St. James, MO, Sharon (Jerry) Tennyson of Rolla, MO, Donna (Matt) Bruns of Rogersville, MO, and Debra “ Debbie” (John) Scudder of Shoshoni, WY; and his loving Uncle John R. Chilton of St. James, MO, Aunt Betty Sciortino of Hammond, LA; nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and numerous other relatives and friends.
Celebration of Life services are Thursday March 3, 2022, at Nelson Hart Community Center, 1340 Nelson Hart Drive, St. James, MO 6:00pm-8:00pm