Dec. 11, 1924 - Jan. 9, 2014
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MISHAWAKA - Kenneth W. Chamberlin, 89, of Kennesaw, passed away on January 9, 2014 peacefully at his home after many years of illnesses. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, January 16, 10:30 am at St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church in Kennesaw. Burial will follow at Pineridge Memorial Park. The family is receiving friends on Wednesday, January 15, from 5-8 pm at Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home, with a Rosary being recited at 7:30 pm. Mr. Chamberlin was born on December 11, 1924 to a loving family of ten children in Mishawaka, IN to Leonard and Rosalie Chamberlin, both of whom preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Janet, in 2012, his son Pete (Traci) in 2009, and son-in-law David (Jamie) Pate in 2011. Ken graduated from Mishawaka High School and immediately served in the U.S. Navy during WWII (1942-1945) Sonar Man 2nd Class. He then graduated from Trine University (TriState) with a double major in Engineering. He retired from Uniroyal after 30 years and Lockheed Martin after 8 years of service. He had lived in the Kennesaw area for over 30 years where he was a very active member of the "Big Chicken Chorus" and Pinetree Country Club. He loved to sing and golf, sometimes at the same time! Ken also enjoyed fishing and gardening. Ken was a devoted Catholic and a member of the Knights of Columbus wherever he lived, even "Grand Knight" in Washington, IN. He was a supportive husband and father of seven children. He is survived by Michael Chamberlin of Richmond, IN, Teresa Holm of Cumming, GA, Julie (Jim) Kimberly of Acworth, GA, Art (Laura) Chamberlin of Acworth, GA, Becky (Bo) Ryles of Bogart, GA, and Jamie Pate of Locust Grove, GA, 16 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by 5 siblings: Mary Velleman, Dorothy Dosmann, Joe Chamberlin, Frank Chamberlin, all of IN, and Paul Chamberlin of OH.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Jan. 14, 2014