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John W. Chacona

July 11, 1942 - November 8, 2020


Newark, Delaware

Date of Death:

November 8, 2020



Birth Date:

July 11, 1942

Birth Place:

Sayre, Pennsylvania

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John W. Chacona

John “Duck” Chacona of Sayre, PA passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Sunday November 8, 2020 after an extended illness. 

John was born on July 11, 1942 to Ruth and Ted Chacona and was the second of six children. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Ruth and Ted Chacona and his mother in law and father in law Jean and Charles Kisner.

John is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Charlene Kisner Chacona; his sister Donna Detrick (John); brother, Theodore Chacona (and Jennifer); his sister, Georgia Chacona; brother and best friend, Paul “Burt” Chacona (Claudia) and James Chacona; his children, Kathleen Quinn and Jacquelyn Chacona (Roy Hilferty); his grandchildren, Kaitlyn Markiewicz (Bryan), Alex Quinn (Brittany), Madison Hilferty, Mackenzie Hilferty; great-grandchildren, Jackson Markiewicz and  Jameson Markiewicz; and lifelong friend, Rick Park  

John graduated from Sayre High School in 1960.  John worked for Lehigh Railroad/Conrail for nearly 40 years.  After retiring from the railroad John’s passion for woodworking and gardening flourished. He always had the best-looking yard on the street and the most bountiful garden.    He and his brother Burt were a wonderful team and often did woodworking projects together.  All of his children and grandchildren have pieces of his work in their homes.  Whenever anyone asked John how he was his reply was always “better than most” and that was especially true when it came to being a grandfather.   He adored all of his grandchildren and had special, meaningful relationships with each of them.  They are all blessed with wonderful memories of trips with Mommom and Poppop, projects worked on together, fishing contests, and domino nights.  

Due to COVID 19 there will be no viewing hours, there will be a private family memorial service.   The family would like to thank the wonderful and caring team at Fresenius Dialysis and the wonderful team at Guthrie Hospice.  Memorial donations may be made in John’s name to a charity of one’s choice.  The family is being assisted by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York. Those wishing to send a message of sympathy to John’s family may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at

Sympathy Messages

From: Charles Juda
So sorry to hear about John.......

From: Art & Cynthia Lindley
Our condolences to John's family.

From: Judy Jennings
My Dear Charlene and girls,
It saddens me to hear of your loss. John was a great neighbor and person and I’m so happy that I got to know him. 
I am just so sorry for your loss. 
My thoughts and prayers and with you all. 

From: Lee and Peggy Keeney
Charlene, So sorry to hear of Duck's
passing. Our sympathy goes out to you and your family. Will always remember the good times. Love and sympathy,   Lee & Peggy Keeney.

From: George A Knittle
Very sorry to hear of Duck's passing.  I was on the 1963 NJCAA National Championship basketball team at Independence Juco, while Duck was the team manager.  He was a big part of that team along with his Sayre, PA. buddy, and star player, Rick Park.  Duck was a roommate of mine his 2nd year after Rick moved on to Tulsa.  Duck was part of the Dice Baseball League (a game devised by the coach, Bob Sneller).  Duck, as mgr. of his team, was known as "Casey Quack" and I was "Cookie K-Nittle"--we had great fun  in the Spring of 1964 with that game.  RIP, Duck.

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