Kimberly “Kim” Chalfant was born on July 17, 1952 in New Kensington, PA to the late Fred and Evelyn Chalfant. He was raised in Ohio and his family moved to Syracuse, NY. Kim was the youngest of 5 children. As a teenager, Kim was a newspaper boy and eventually enlisted in the United States Air Force on Dec 18, 1970 after graduating from high school. He was stationed in San Antonio, TX; New Mexico; England; and Germany where he started writing letters to the love of his life, Catherine Jo Chalfant. After 2 years of writing, he finally visited Cathy in the Philippines and asked for her hand in marriage. After the engagement, Kim was stationed in Oklahoma. Kim and Cathy eventually married on Sep 10, 1988 and they decided to raise their family in Oklahoma. Kim retired as a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force on Dec 31, 1994 and received the following awards over his career; Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 6 Devices, National Service Medal with 1 Device, Air Force Overseas Long Tour Ribbon with 2 Devices, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with 4 Devices, NCO Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon, and the Air Force Training Ribbon.
Kim was a loving and caring husband and father. He raised his children to value discipline, community service, and integrity. Kim loved to volunteer, travel, play practical jokes, and help anyone who was in need. He had made numerous friends in various parts of the world in which he considered as family. On Sep 11, 1999, Kim was getting ready to volunteer for a parish picnic when he suffered a massive hemorrhage in his brain. Thanks to many answered prayers and his determination to live for his family, Kim survived for over 19 years until he succumbed to his death on Dec 01, 2018 from pneumonia.
Kim is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Catherine Jo Chalfant of Bogo City, Cebu, Philippines; sons Kim Brendan Chalfant and Kendrick Joshua Chalfant; daughter Katrina Louise Chalfant; sisters Linda Chalfant of FL and Cheryl Ayers of VA; brothers Larry Chalfant of NY and Dennis Chalfant of Ohio.
Kimberly’s children, Kim and Katrina, continue his legacy in the military as Active Duty Lieutenants in the United States Navy. Kendrick is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree at the University of Oklahoma.
The family greatly appreciates all of your kind words, thoughts, prayers, and outpouring support during this difficult time.