In loving memory of

Fred A. Chanen
June 18, 1937 - November 16, 2022

Frederick Alan Chanen, age 85, of Quincy, died Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at 3:42 pm in Blessing Hospital.

Fred was born June 18, 1937, in Quincy, Illinois, the son of Max and Zelda Iskovitz Chanen. He attended freshman and sophomore years at Quincy High School before transferring and graduating from Kemper Military School in Booneville, MO. Fred married Carole Honey Dee on November 28, 1959, in Los Angeles, CA. Carole preceded Fred in death on November 22, 1994, just days before their 35th wedding anniversary. Carole was his soulmate and he mourned her for the rest of his life. Fred and Carole maintained their lives in Quincy until briefly moving to Los Angeles in 1989. After his wife's passing, Fred moved back to Quincy for the remainder of his life.

Fred is survived by son Mark Chanen and his wife Tracy Coskie of Bellingham, WA and their sons Ashenafi and Tesfa, and daughter Cindy and her husband Tim McShane of Quincy, IL and their sons Adam, Matthew and Michael; brother-in-law Myron Kirsch and sons Jeffrey Kirsch, Michael and wife Ilana Kirsch, and Gregory and wife Lanie Kirsch; nieces Lisa Dee and Vicki Dee Rock and husband David and may other beloved relatives.

Fred spent the majority of his career in the family business, Chanen's Auto Supply. Later in life, he worked over 10 years at K's Merchandise. For decades, Fred was a licensed ham radio operator and was a member of the Western Illinois Amateur Radio Club. Fred had a life-long love of motorcycles and owned many throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Fred shared this passion with his son Mark and his Quincy friends. Fred was a member of B'Nai Shalom Temple and the Masonic Temple. Fred and Carole shared a happy life in Quincy raising their children and enjoying temple events, Quincy Community Theatre, Sheridan Swim Club, The Patio, and traveling the world. Fred was the kind of person who could talk to anyone about anything and was a friend to everyone. Besides spending time with Carole and his family, Fred loved animals and always had beloved dogs he raised in the family home. Fred loved the United States and always respected and loved to talk about the Armed Forces.

In addition to his beloved wife, Fred was preceded in death by his parents Max and Zelda, beloved sister Dianne Kirsch, his parents-in-law Bernice and Harry Dee, and sister-and brother-in-law Peggy and Roger Dee.

Services: 2:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time), Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at Hillside Cemetery, Culver City, California with Rabbi Alan Lachtman officiating.

Burial: Hillside Cemetery, Culver City, California.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Memorial Donations may be made online at

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.


John Myers wrote on Nov 28, 2022:

"Fred was a valued friend, we have known Fred for many years through amateur radio. John Myers II WB9EWM, Pam Myers KB9WDC, Andy Myers NX9L"

Reginald Rene Ankrom wrote on Nov 23, 2022:

"Sorry to read of Fred's death. A gentleman in every respect, he was always good for a hello and best wishes. Peace be with his family and friends."

Leslie Fitzgerald wrote on Nov 21, 2022:

"The Ayers family has known Fred since the 60s as neighbors and friends. Marilyn and David were so fond of Fred and Carol. I have fond memories of growing up with Cindy and continuing our friendship over the years to the present. Fred and Carol were always good to me when I visited, or during our car pools. Fred was always friendly and engaging when I?d see him. We are all so sorry to hear of his passing!! He?s with Carol now so that is a blessing. Love and hugs to the surviving family!"

Larry & Patti Veile wrote on Nov 19, 2022:

"We worked at Morgan Auto out of Payson for many years so were blessed to know Max, Fred & Myron. We're saddened to read of his passing but rejoice that he's reunited with Carole. Sympathies to the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers."

Peggy Litt wrote on Nov 18, 2022:

"We are so sorry to hear of Fred's passing but he is with hs beloved wife Carol again. My family has been friends with the Chanen family as long as I can remember. Our sincere condolences to all of you."

Bob and Maureen Creswick wrote on Nov 18, 2022:

"We mourn the passing of "Freddy". Fred was as loyal a friend as one could ask for. Our "needs" were Fred's needs. Even after we left Quincy in 1984-85, we still maintained contact with each other. Whenever one of our Florida hurricanes was in our area, Fred would call to make sure we were OK. We recall, as well, our close friendship with Fred's wife, Carole, and we were fortunate to be able to visit them while they were living in California. And, who can forget the early Dogwood Festivals !! We were able to visit with Fred during several trips back to Quincy, the latest being in October of last year, 2021. We recounted some of our numerous escapades, and re-hashed our common interest of Ham Radio. Fred, and his family, contributed much to the Quincy community, the benefits of which will be realized for years. Our condolences to Cindy, Mark, and the rest of Fred's extended family. Bob and Maureen Creswick Indialantic, FL"

dick & pat wentura wrote on Nov 18, 2022:

"To the remaining Chanen Family, We remember Dianne, Myron, Carol and Fred and are happy that we were friends. Dick & Pat Wentura Quincy, IL"