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Obituary ~ Fred Wallace Chambers
June 08, 1933 ~ January 24, 2004
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Fred Wallace Chambers of Leon, son of Clarence Otis and Mable Olive Wallace Chambers, was born June 8, 1933, in Shenandoah and died Jan. 24, 2004, at Osceola Nursing and Rehab Center in Osceola. He was 70.
His mother died when he was small and his father raised him in Terre Haute near Davis City. Mr. Chambers farmed with his dad and later farmed north of Van Wert. He also worked on dairy farms in northern Iowa.
Mr. Chambers served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was in infantry combat in Korea and received several service medals. While in the service, He married Betty Marsengill in 1952 and they became the parents of four daughters, Sharon Ellen, Debra Linn, Sandra Kay, and Dorcia Ann. The couple were later divorced.
Mr. Chambers was a heavy-equipment operator, driving bulldozers for road construction all over Iowa. Through his work he traveled a lot and met a lot of people.
He was a loner and enjoyed driving the countryside. He also liked reading and fishing.
For the past five years, he had been a resident of Parkview Apartments in Leon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Robert Keith Chambers and brother, Jack Chambers.
Mr. Chambers is survived by his four daughters, Sharon Michael and her husband, J. D. Michael, of Kansas City; Debbie Courtney and her husband, Mike Courtney, of Leon, Sandra Jones and her husband, Brad Jones, of Garden Grove and Dorcia Brazelton of Des Moines; nine grandchildren; great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Graveside services for Mr. Chambers were Jan. 28 at Hebron Cemetery near Weldon, the Rev. Max Carmichael officiating. Arrangements were through Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home of Leon.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, April of 2015