Longtime Kenai resident Vyrett "Bud" Chamberlain died peacefully at the Kannapolis, North Carolina home of his step-son, Michael Carty, on Thursday, May 6, 2010. He was 88.
A service to honor Mr. Chamberlain's life will be held at a later date in Kenai.
Mr. Chamberlain was born in Vancouver, Washington on Dec. 28, 1921, to Vyrett Lyman Chamberlain and Mable Emily Bullock Chamberlain. Upon graduation from high school he joined the U.S Navy and served in World War II. Mr. Chamberlain moved to the Kenai Peninsula in 1958, working as a carpenter and a member of the Southern Alaska Carpenters Union until his retirement in 1986. He also fished commercially for many years in Cook Inlet.
Mr. Chamberlain married the love of his life, Velma (Gin) Carty in 1969. Bud and Gin had a wonderful life together gardening and traveling until her death in 1998. They were known for their beautiful bluff property on the North Road. Their garden and greenhouse produce, which he grew, were enjoyed by many family and friends. Mr. Chamberlain continued to garden with the help of his friend, Norma Thornton, through the summer of 2009.
Though he spent the last months of his life in North Carolina, Mr. Chamberlain appreciated the visits, cards and phone calls from his family and friends. He was a member of the Kenai Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, whose support meant so much to him.
The family wishes to thank Nadine Robertson, Bud's angel and caregiver, Hospice & Palliative care of Cabarrus County, Dr. David Cody and the staff of Cabarrus Family Physicians-Poplar Tent, Dr. Adam Flowers and staff of NorthEast Orthopedics, and the staff of The Oaks in Harrisburg.
Mr. Chamberlain is survived by his stepsons, Michael Carty and wife, Janice, of Kannapolis, and Patrick Carty and wife, Penny, of Nikiski; three grandchildren, Laura Wicklund of Harrisburg, North Carolina; Heather Daniels and husband, Jason, of Kenia, and Eric Carty of Anchorage; and two great-granddaughters. He is also survived by his brother, Joe Chamberlain and wife, Arlene, of Tigard, Oregon and his special nieces and nephews.
Memorials should be made to: Cabarrus County Hospice & Palliative Care, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081.
Lady's Funeral Home & Crematory, Kannapolis is assisting the family with arrangements.
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