James B. Chamberlin, age 88, passed away December 27, 2013. He was born in Toledo on September 3, 1925, to the late J. Dale Chamberlin and Ella (Huebner) Chamberlin.
Jim spent many of his young summers working at Ott's Boat House in south Toledo, beginning a lifelong love of the Maumee River. After serving in the Coast Guard as a radio operator during World War II, Jim
returned to Toledo to marry Margaret Korhumel and start a family. He began a long career in sales and management at Payne Marine, Brenner Marine and the Viking Ski Shop. In 1976, he opened The Mountain Man Ski Shop in the Parkway Plaza and he ran this business until his retirement. Some may recall the ski reports he gave over the radio for many years. Having combined his love of sales with two of his favorite hobbies, Jim often said, "I sell fun," when asked what he did for a living.
After he retired, Jim spent his time volunteering at the Claver House, woodworking, reading, relaxing at his cottage on Lake Somerset, and helping out his children and grandchildren. He especially enjoyed all of the time he spent fishing with family and friends on the Georgian Bay in Ontario, an area he introduced to his sons in the 1970s. For the last few years, his passion has been helping boaters at Walbridge Park's launching ramp, which he helped develop, while President of the Toledo Marine Dealers Association.
Jim is survived by his wife, Marg; his children, Chris (Janet), Beth (Mark) Huffman, Tom, Mike (Wendy) and Molly Henry; as well
as nine grandchildren, Neil, Melissa (Cody) Tyler, Mallory Huffman, Kevin, Owen, Pete Huffman, Katie (Mike) Logan, Emily and Abby Henry, as well as two great-grandchildren, Parker Logan and Noah Tyler.
We will remember Gramps for many reasons, but especially for all the fun times we had with him.
We plan to honor Jim's life at the Walbridge Park Shelter House on Saturday, January 11, 2014, from 12 until 4 p.m., and invite family and friends to join us. Memories will be shared at 1 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider
or Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Please view and sign our online guest registry at
Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 5, 2014