James G. "Gary" Chamberlain

  • "Dear Gary, I will think of you always and remember the..."
    - Kathleen Chamberlain
  • "I will miss my uncle's kind, loving and supporting..."
    - Sherry Richardson
  • "James Gary Chamberlain (Jim/Gary, you choose) was my..."
    - Steven Duncan

April 7, 1935 ~ October 15, 2017

Jim Chamberlain was born in Bourbon County, KS and peacefully passed away at the Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver, WA. Gary and his three sisters were raised on a small farm in Turkey Creek, KS. He graduated from Valley High School in Menlo, WA while working at delivering newspapers, bucking hay, stacking wood for neighbors and at the local South Bend Oyster plant.
After high school graduation, Gary honorably served in the United States Navy aboard the aircraft carriers; Oriskany and Kearsarge. During his service he was awarded a Good Conduct Medal.
After his Navy service, Gary attended Grays Harbor College and worked for Boeing in Seattle, WA. After the Boeing downsizing of the 60's, he moved to Vancouver where he worked, and retired from Alcoa/Vanalco.
In Vancouver, Gary met and married the love of his life, Zilda. "Jimmers" and Zilda spent many happy years traveling this country and many other countries abroad. He loved cars and driving them. Travel, reading and golf took up his retirement years. He had a sense of curiosity about people and the world around him and his can-do, self- sustaining attitude found him remodeling, fixing, roofing and tiling his home and the homes of family and friends.
~ Gary loved his wife, his family, friends and neighbors. ~
Gary is survived by step-son, Steve Duncan (Annie), step-grandson, Phil Duncan (Joy), step-great-granddaughter, Taylor Duncan and step-grandson, Brad Duncan; as well as step-son, Tom Duncan and step-grandson, John Duncan; sisters, Jeane Hein and Kathleen Chamberlain; nieces, Sherry Richardson, Bev Francis (Ned), Tami Bowden (Steve) and Antares Olson; nephews, Steve Smith (Lori) and Ken Turner (Penny); along with many great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lyle and Della Chamberlain; sister, Lila Turner; nephews, Kerry Turner and Curt Turner; and beloved wife, Zilda.
"How lucky we are to have something
that makes saying goodbye so hard." (with apologies to A.A. Milne)
Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.


Funeral Home
Evergreen Staples Funeral Chapel
3414 NE 52nd Street, Suite 101
Vancouver, WA 98661
(360) 693-3649
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Published in The Columbian on Oct. 29, 2017
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