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Dale ChamberlinJuly 7, 2017
Levi Dale Chamberlin (Dale) will be laid to rest in Eagle Valley Cemetery with Military Honor in Richland on July 12, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. A potluck reception will be held at the Eagle Valley Grange after the funeral.
Levi Dale Chamberlin passed away at his home on July 7, 2017 at the age of 93. He was born to Lula and Levi Chamberlin on Feb 24, 1924 as the oldest of four brothers. He attended school in Eagle Valley. Dale left home at 17, going to Portland where he worked in the shipyards before joining and serving in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He always said they were the only ones who would let him serve since he had flat feet.
After coming back to the Eagle Valley he purchased ground in Eagle Valley and in Sparta and ran beef and dairy cows, and grew feed for his cattle. On April 12, 1953 he married Edna Cramer in Weiser, Idaho and they came back to Eagle Valley to live on his ranch. Together they ran the ranch for more than 50 years and were very proud of the improvements he made to the ranch.
After retiring from the hard labor of day to day ranching, Dale could often be found in his shop working on various wood projects. He enjoyed refurbishing old rockers, tables, and chairs. He also refurbished the mail buggy his father drove as postmaster in Eagle Valley. Dale enjoyed gardening and talking about the history of the valley with family and friends. He spent many afternoons sitting on his front porch with his dog Queen watching people go by and visiting with anyone who stopped.
Dale loved being able to go camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, and huckleberry picking in the Eagle Caps. When he was younger Dale enjoyed being able to take horses and go packing. In his later years he made walking sticks while sitting in the campgrounds, which he gave away and which have been enjoyed by many.
Dale was a member of the Eagle Valley Grange, VFW, and the Odd Fellows Lodge. He served in various membership roles during his 75-plus-year membership in the Eagle Valley Grange.
Dale leaves behind son Gary and Sharon Chamberlin, daughter Cherie and Bill Keating; grandchildren Jami Chamberlin, Levi Chamberlin, Suzie Chamberlin, Jeff Chamberlin, Brooke Chamberlin, Brandon Keating, Alyssa Keating, Matthew Keating, Sarah Keating, Cassandra Keating, and Amber Hiatt; sister in law Ruth Chamberlin; seven great grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Edna, twin children parents Levi and Lula Chamberlin; brothers Nolan (Skee), Irvin (Rosy), and Tommie.
Memorial contributions in Dale’s memory may be made to the Eagle Valley Ambulance or Richland EMTs through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834. On line condolences may be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com