Feb. 16, 1922 - Oct. 30, 2013
The Guest Book is expired.
SOUTH BEND - Warren "Bud" Dale Chambers passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 91, surrounded by family, on October 30, 2013 at his daughter's home in Candor, NY. Bud was born on February 16, 1922 in the central Minnesota town of Swanville. In 1943, he left his job as a machinist to enlist in the Army Air Corps. After earning his wings, he shipped to the Pacific theatre during World War II, where he flew cargo and resupply planes across the Asian front's infamous "Hump" in the Himalayas. Following the war, he returned to study mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota. Despite (or perhaps because of) his incessant buzzing of her family's cows in his Air Corps Reserve airplane, he married Joyce Edna Kalahar on June 11, 1949, in Minneapolis, MN. After his graduation, they moved to South Bend, IN, in September 1949. Bud was employed as an engineer at Bendix Aircraft Brake and Strut until his retirement in 1987, obtaining over twenty patents during his tenure there. Bud and Joyce raised their family of seven children with love in a house he helped build on Ribourde Drive in South Bend, with lakeside vacation trips of fishing, reading, water sports and visiting family. Bud loved photography and recorded his family's life in thousands of pictures. He served as son Dan's Boy Scout troop leader and took Holy Communion to the homebound as a longtime member of Holy Cross (Catholic) Parish, South Bend. Bud spent his final few years in Candor, NY, in the care of his wife Joyce, daughter Carol, son-in-law Jim, grandsons and dear nurses. Bud will be remembered for his kind and generous nature, his sense of humor, and his ceaseless tinkering with things both large and small. His crowning achievement was "The Boat" -- a 42-foot pontoon with retractable floats and more than 450 hp -- because, as Bud put it, "There's really no reason you can't water ski behind a houseboat if you put enough engineering behind it!" Although The Boat had few outings, Bud's passion and persistence in its design taught his children well and provided a happy backyard play destination for the neighborhood. Bud is survived by: his wife Joyce; five daughters, Dianne Chambers, Mary Ellen (David) McTigue, Carol (Jim Vendryes) Chambers, Colleen (Anthony) Sasson, Jennifer (Craig) Kleinhenz; two sons, Daniel (Doreen Arcus) Chambers and Robert (Michelle) Chambers; and twelve grandchildren: Patrick (Rachel) and Louis Chambers; Shannon McTigue; Matthew, Dylan and William Vendryes; Mariah Sasson; Benjamin and Grace Kleinhenz; and Piper, Evania and Harrison Chambers. He was preceded in death by his parents (Marjorie "Budgie" Edith (Temple) and Ira Dale Chambers) and his sister (Marjorie "Shecka" Ellen (Chambers) Fooshe). A Celebration of Life ceremony to which all are welcome will be held at the McTigue's home at 4200 Lake Chapin Road, Berrien Springs, Michigan on January 11, 2014 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bud's honor can be made to an educational program of your choice.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Dec. 23, 2013