Gene Chamberlain

GENE N. CHAMBERLAIN, 78 STREATOR - Gene N. Chamberlain, 78, formerly of Belvidere, Rockford and Streator, died Saturday evening August 24, 2013 at Rosewood Care Center, Elgin following a long illness. Mr. Chamberlain was born Jan. 8, 1935, in Streator, the son of Russell and Edith (Messersmith) Chamberlain. He married Marcie Uratchko, June 16, 1956 at St. Stephen's Church, Streator. She preceded him in death, Apr. 20, 1990. Gene was a grade school principal at Sunbury Grade School, Sparland Grade School, and later at Lincoln Grade School, Belvidere from 1972 until his retirement in 1992. He was a member of the former St. Stephen's Church and Knights of Columbus, both of Streator. Gene was an avid golfer most of his life, while at Streator High School, he was a track athlete and basketball player. After graduating from Streator High School in 1953 he played junior college basketball in Florida and college basketball at Kentucky Wesleyan. He earned his Bachelors degree from North Central College and his Masters from Bradley University. He is survived by one daughter, Lee Ann (Brad) Gustafson, Caledonia IL; two sons, Gene (Jodi) Chamberlain, Elgin and Jeff Chamberlain, Rolling Meadows; three grandchildren, Meghan Chamberlain, Elgin, Hannah and Alec Gustafson, Caledonia; two brothers, Wayne (Judith) Chamberlain, LaGrange and Arnie (Linda) Chamberlain, Streator. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, August 31, at Hagi Funeral Home, Streator with Monsignor Philip Halfacre officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, at Hagi Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery, Streator. Memorials may be made to the .

Funeral Home

Hagi Funeral Home
205 High Street Streator, IL 61364
(815) 672-2420

Published in Rockford Register Star from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2013