John W. Chambers Sr. (1919 - 2010)

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John W. Chambers Sr., 91, of Lincoln, died 9:35 a.m. Saturday, July 10, 2010, at St. Clara's Manor in Lincoln.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, with Pastor Maurice Stribling officiating. Interment will be at Richmond Grove Cemetery in New Holland. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the .

John was born Feb. 21, 1919, in New Holland, the son of Jim and Annabelle Chambers. He married Ethel M. Osborn on April 29, 1942, in Victoria, Texas, and she preceded him in death on Jan. 20, 1999.

He is survived by one son, John (Shirley) Chambers Jr. of Lincoln; one daughter, Linda (Joe) Aiello of Houston; five grandchildren, Jason Chambers of Lincoln, and Joseph (Miranda) Aiello Jr., Michael Aiello, Christi (Landon) Knapp and Christopher (Elizabeth) Aiello, all of the Houston area; and 10 great-grandchildren. John was the last of his immediate family. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and one daughter, Mary Anne.

John attended Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Lincoln. Serving in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, John was a pilot and attained the rank of Captain.

He was a graduate of New Holland Community High School and Lincoln College where he received his degree in business administration and mathematics. John was a Master Mason in the Morgan County lodge. John retired from the Internal Revenue Service in Springfield as an Exec III Operations. He previously was employed with Central Illinois Electric and Gas, Lincoln Glass Bottle Co., Lehn and Fink Products Corp., Logan Farm Service Co., Ford County Service Co. in Melvin, where he worked as assistant manager, Marion County Service Co., as general manager, and as executive secretary for Morgan County Farm Bureau. He was a realtor for Werth Realtors and had farmed for a number of years in New Holland.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on July 13, 2010
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