SHABBONA – Ralph F. Chambers, 96, of Shabbona, Ill., died Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Prairie Crossing Living and Rehab Center in Shabbona.
Born April 10, 1917, in Steward, the son of Burnie and Ora (McLain) Chambers, Ralph married Vera Jane Andes on Aug. 12, 1950, in Steward.
Ralph served his country during World War II
in the 3rd Armored Division, and fought in France and Germany, specifically in Normandy and at the Battle of the Bulge. He received a purple heart
during his service. He was still able to fit into his Army uniform and wore it when he served as Grand Marshal in Shabbona's Fourth of July parade. Ralph's family learned never to serve him rice – he said he ate enough of that in the Army.
Ralph worked at Steward Implement, DeWitte Implement in Shabbona, and retired from Barber Greene.
He enjoyed taking his grandkids for rides on the Cub Cadet. Ralph also enjoyed tending his garden, growing enough vegetables to share with his whole family and neighbors alike. A trip uptown to get the mail could take more than an hour. He would stop and visit with Emmett Barnes and all of his many friends.
The Chicago Cubs have just lost their greatest fan.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Vera; two daughters, Karen Smith of Rochelle and Diana (Ed) Roeder of Washington, Ill.; son, Alan (Mary) Chambers of Kirkland; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona. Pastor James Allen, minister of the Shabbona United Church of Christ will officiate. Interment will be at Steward Cemetery immediately after the service. Friends may call from 9 a.m. Saturday until the time of services at the funeral home.
A memorial is being established.