North Kenai resident Wyatt E. "Gene" Chambers died Sunday, July 11, 2010 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 69.
A memorial service to celebrate Gene's life will be held 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at The Eagles Club in Kenai. His ashes will be scattered in the Cook Inlet at a later date.
Mr. Chambers was born March 3, 1941 to William and Eva Chambers in Pattonsburg, Mo. He was the eldest of four children. Gene graduated high school in Garden Grove, Ga. In 1995 he moved to the Kenai Peninsula to fulfill a lifelong dream of being able to fish the Kenai whenever he wanted. He worked as a heavy duty mechanic on our local buses for many years; he retired from the bus barn in Soldotna in 2003. Gene and his wife, Helen moved out of state to Arkansas after retirement, but the call of the Kenai wouldn't go away, so they returned to his beloved Alaska in March of 2008.
His family wrote, "He loved his family and he loved life and lived it to the fullest, he was a friend to all, and he was always quick to help those in need. He was a people person and loved being around them; he always had a tail to tell and could always make you laugh."
Mr. Chambers' love for fishing was no secret to those who knew and loved him. He spent many hours "in good company" he always said, fishing the Kenai and Moose rivers, if he came home empty handed, he would always say, "Ain't no deal, I'll be back tomorrow, fish are coming." Gene's love of fishing was not limited to Alaska; he was an avid catfish enthusiast, and spent many hours fishing for the big one. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Chambers of North Kenai; daughter, Rhonda Johnson of Washington; granddaughter, Christine Johnson of Washington; brother, Gary Chambers of Colorado; sisters, Rose Self of Missouri and Shirley Gilbert of Arkansas and extended family Tim and Patsy Stringer of Kenai.
Memorial donations may be sent in memory of Gene to 53505 Jeffery Ave., Kenai, AK 99611, C/O Helen Chambers.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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