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Leo William Chiantelli

Died: Tue., May 14, 2019

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Leo Chiantelli November 25th, 1931-May 14th, 2019

Leo Chiantelli was born November 25th, 1931 in Wabuska, Nevada to Dick and Alma Chiantelli. Shortly after, his family moved to California and his early childhood was spent growing up in the small seaside town of Samoa. He graduated from Eureka High School in 1949 and joined the Air Force at the beginning of the Korean War. He served 4 years, returned home and started college. He first pursued a degree in Forestry at Humboldt State University. His artistic talents led him to switch his major to Business and Advertising and he transferred to San Jose State. After graduating with an MBA, he began working at Long Advertising in San Jose, Ca., where he met the love of his life, Jean. One look at her big brown doe eyes and a whirlwind six week courtship and they were hitched. Soon after they welcomed a daughter, Sheri, the second love of his life.

As an advertising executive he led company management courses where he discovered the third love of his life, teaching. He returned to school, got his credentials and began teaching at Shasta College in Redding, Ca., retiring after 47 years. He and Jean made their home in Bandon, Oregon where he enjoyed the climate, art community, fishing, crabbing, gardening, golfing, reading and spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed his life immensely. His sense of humor and unmatchable wits about him to the end. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, artist, educator. One of the good guys.

He is survived by his brother Richard Chiantelli of Brookings, Or., daughter Sheri Chiantelli of Bandon, Or., son-in-law Scott DeHart also of Bandon, grandchildren Anyessa and Brenden DeHart of Bandon, nieces Jody DeVitto and Sarah Chiantelli, nephews Craig DeVitto and Tony Chiantelli and numerous great nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Jean, parents Dick and Alma Chiantelli, sister, Linda Chiantelli and niece Gina Chiantelli. At his request, no memorial services will be held, in lieu of flowers or condolences, please donate to your favorite charity. 

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Jean Boynton
   Posted Sat June 08, 2019
I was saddened to see Leo's obituary today as I hadn't heard of an illness or of his passing. He was an artist friend who I enjoyed in several SWOCC painting classes. I admired his artwork and his sense of humor. He saved many of my paintings by grabbing my paint brush and saying, "Enough already, It's finished!". Every now and then he has sent me funny articles that he liked. I met "his Jean" on a couple occasions and know how much he has missed her.
My sincere sympathy to the family for loss of this wonderful person. May your memories of love and laughter help you heal.

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