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Community Mourns Loss of Longtime Volunteer

James "Jim" Chenault Jr., of Webster Groves, most recently served as a volunteer staff member at the historic Kirkwood Train Station.

Chances are if you've ever visited the on a Monday or Saturday, you've met James "Jim" Chenault Jr.

The Webster Groves resident, who volunteered at the station since 2003, died Jan. 30. He was one of the original volunteers to staff the historic station when Kirkwood purchased it almost nine years ago.

Bill Burckhalter, the station's volunteer coordinator, said Mr. Chenault was always friendly and truly enjoyed helping customers. Mr. Chenault also helped train new volunteers and was in charge of the volunteer schedule.

"It was a shock," Burckhalter said. "We've had volunteers leave because they moved or for other reasons, but never because they passed away. Jim will be really missed."

Matt Coppin, a spokesman for the , said Mr. Chenault was also a member of the department's Civil Defense Program in the 1960s and 1970s. Members of that program, which no longer exists, were trained to respond to large natural disasters. 

Additionally, Mr. Chenault was actively involved in the Museum of Transport, the Box 8 Club, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the Gateway Fire Historical Society. He also served in the National Reserve and in his professional life, he was a certified public accountant.

According to his obituary on the Gerber Chapel's website, Mr. Chenault is survived by his wife Gloria (nee Meyer); his children Jim (Joan) Chenault, III, Richard (Angela) Chenault and Marielle Chenault; and his grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3 at , which is located at 23 W. Lockwood Ave. Interment will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to BackStoppers and mailed to 10411 Clayton Rd, #5, St. Louis, MO 63131.

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