James Michael Chianakas

June 6, 1926January 4, 2021

James M Chianakas, age 94, of Pekin, passed away Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 at 7:07 p.m. at Unity Point Methodist in Peoria. He was born June 6, 1926 in Pontiac to Greek immigrants Michael and Sophia (Sideris) Chianakas. He married Nan Seelye in 1949. She passed away in 1991. He then married Doris Long in 1999. She passed away in 2016. He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Chianakas, Nephew, Michael Thompson, grandson, Zach Gullette and brother, Mike Chianakas. He is survived by a daughter, Nena (Chuck) Gullette of Dunlap, a sister, Maria Thompson of Peoria, and a special friend Donna Sinn of Tremont. Grandchildren are Charles (Kathy) Gullette, Glen (Sandy) Gullette, Sarah (Aaron) Johnson, Jennifer (Ryan) Tomka, Joe Chianakas and 10 great grandchildren. After attending high school in Eureka he served in World War II. He then graduated Bradley University in Peoria in 1949 and was in the Sigma Chi fraternity. He was also a 32nd degree Mason. He then graduated Butler University College of Pharmacy in Indianapolis IN in 1955. He worked 30 years as a registered pharmacist. He set up and organized the first pharmacy in a discount store at K-Mart in the late 1970’s. He loved fishing, camping, traveling, antique furniture and building houses. He was the proud developer of a residential subdivision, Royal Point Estates, east of Pekin. He was a member of Tremont United Methodist Church where a live internet memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb 6 at 10:00. It can be viewed at “”. Burial will be at Springdale Cemetery in Peoria following the church service. Everyone is welcome to attend the graveside service. Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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James Michael Chianakas

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Todd Garrison

January 9, 2021

Have very fond memories of Jim. We were fellow pharmacists. A good person.

Michael Shane

January 6, 2021

Jim was a great man to farm for. My dad and I always enjoyed farming for Jim. He will be greatly missed.