Beloved husband, father and grandfather Andrew Reese Chambers passed away Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Teton Valley Hospital in Driggs.
Reese was born Jan. 28, 1922, in Jackson, Wyo., to Andy and Ida Chambers, the second oldest of seven children. His family homesteaded on Mormon Row, in the Antelope Flats area and up the Gros Ventre River in Jackson Hole, Wyo. He attended school in Kelly, graduating from high school in Jackson.
He attended the University of Wyoming for two years, receiving his pilot's license, and had an avid love of flying. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in California during WWII. He returned to Mormon Row after the passing of his father to help run the family ranch and care for his younger siblings.
Reese later moved to Teton Valley, Idaho, and bought the Teton Hardware and Implement Business and the John Deere dealership, where you could purchase something as small as a bolt or pocket knife to a new snow machine or a John Deere tractor. There, he made many lifelong friends and served his community.
He married the love of his life, Roene Gasser, in Jackson. Together they raised three children.
He ranched throughout his life with Roene, beginning on the Homestead in Jackson Hole, now part of Grand Teton National Park; the Flying V Dude Ranch, now the Gros Ventre River Ranch; and for the past 42 years, the Chambers Diamond Bar Cattle Ranch in Tetonia, Idaho.
In what is now considered the "olden days," he trailed cattle on horseback over the Teton Pass to and from Jackson and the railhead in Victor. He flew his plane all over the surrounding areas and even used it to deliver parts and repair equipment for remote farmers and ranchers. He also brought the first snowmobile dealership to Driggs.
Reese has served as a Teton County commissioner, was Grassman of the Year, served on many boards and committees and was honored as the grand marshal for the infamous Tetonia Rodeo.
He is survived by his wife, Roene Chambers of Driggs; children, RJ (Ellen) Chambers of Val Verde, Calif., Irintha (Danny) Harris of Rigby and Ken (Jayne) Chambers of Tetonia; sister, Inez (Jerry) Jacobson of Boise; and brother, Roy (Becky) Chambers of Jackson, Wyo. He will be missed by his grandchildren, Mandy (Stanley) Miller, Jennifer (Richard) Little, Sage Chambers, Will Chambers, Amber Chambers and Hailey Chambers; and his great-grandchildren, Houston Miller and Macie Miller.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Andy and Ida; his sisters, Vera Crandall, Cora Chambers and Anita "Peach" Chambers; and his brother, Glen Chambers.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Tetonia LDS church. The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, both at the church. Burial will be in Cache-Clawson Cemetery. Services are under the care of Eckersell Memorial Chapel.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.