Rene Joseph Chikhani

04/09/1936 - 12/18/2021


Obituary For Rene Joseph Chikhani

On the morning of Saturday December 18th 2021, Rene Chikhani passed away after a long 2 year battle with cancer. Rene was surrounded by his family and loved ones in his final moments. Rene was a husband, a son, a brother, a father, and a grandfather. He leaves behind his wife of 58 years Nawal, as well as 4 kids, and 7 grandkids. Rene was the second child of five kids, he is survived by his brother Reiad and sister Mona.

Rene Chikhani was born in Beirut Lebanon on April 9th, 1936. He and his family left Lebanon, and moved to America when he was young in search of a better life.

Rene ended up in Cleveland, Ohio as a teenager, working at a gas station to help support his family. During his senior year of high school, Rene moved to Youngstown, Ohio to help take care of his Aunt after her husband became ill.

When Rene turned 18 he was drafted to the U.S Army where he was an engineer, and a proud member of the Fort Huachuca rifle team.

Rene would enjoy a highly successful career as an engineer. In 1987 while working for Ampex, Rene invented a system for recording and reproducing radar signal information that helped identify large aircrafts from smaller aircrafts.

Above everything else Rene Chikhani was a provider. Rene constantly sacrificed his time, energy and efforts into making the lives of those around him better. His final moments were symbolic as he was surrounded by the family that he and his wife Nawal built from the ground up.

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  • 01/08/2022

    Nasal, I remember you and Rene so well when our children were at Holy Spirit School. I still have the recipe for Lebonees salad you gave me so long ago. I lost my husband on Dec. 22. May he and Rene Rest In Peace. God bless you and all your family. Marilyn Baker

  • 01/06/2022

    So sorry to hear this I did not know. Rene was a really good guy and I remember him fondly growing up as one of the fathers at holy Spirit. He always had a smile and always had time for everyone. We will remember him in our rosary. Sorry for your loss Nawal and family. We will always think of both of you every time we cook all the Lebanese dishes that you taught us. God bless

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