James R. "Jim" Chambers, 83, of Tempe, Ariz., formerly of Saline County, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007, at Evergreen Foothills Rehabilitation Center in Phoenix.
Memorial graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, at Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall, with William W. Harlow officiating. Memorials may be made to the donor's favorite charity in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home. Interment will be in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall. Online condolences may be sent to www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born Nov. 26, 1923, he was the son of James W. and Rose Short Chambers of Saline County. He lived in Saline County until joining the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was married to Ola L. Hayne for 31 years, until she preceded him in death in 1975. After the war, life lead them to Colorado and then California with the Maytag Company. They then purchased a Maytag store of their own, and he became a Maytag repairman. He later joined the Los Angeles County Road Department as a heavy equipment operator until his retirement in 1972. He returned to Marshall until Ola's death. In the early 80s he moved to Arizona to be with his children and grandchildren. It was there, in his apartment complex, that he met his wife, Rose Marsh. He will be remembered for his love of baseball. He often coached Little League teams for his son, Ron, and never missed one of his high school baseball or football games. When the Arizona Diamondbacks were established, he became one of their loyal followers, watching as many games as possible and cherishing all types of memorabilia.
In addition to his wife, Rose, he is survived by one son, Ronald D. Chambers and his wife, Twila; one daughter, Ronda Iliff and her husband, Gary; three grandchildren, Stephanie Thomson, Stacey Stewart and Ryan Chambers; one foster grandchild, Alliyiah Riley; and one great-granddaughter, Raylin Chambers, all of whom reside in Arizona; one sister, Louise Sadler of Denver, Colo.; one half-sister, Helen Jo DeLong of Whittier, Calif.; one half-brother, Kenneth W. Chambers of Marana, Ariz.; and nieces and nephews.
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