Archie Leroy Chamberlin


Posted: Tuesday, November 08, 2005


  Archie Leroy Chamberlin

Archie Leroy Chamberlin

Sterling resident Archie Leroy Chamberlin died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005, in Anchorage. He was 82.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Sterling Abundant Life Assembly of God Church and at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Sterling Senior Center. A private military burial will be held Thursday, Nov. 10.

Mr. Chamberlin was born June 21, 1923, in Corvallis, Ore., to Elmer Miles and Fannie Peak Chamberlin. He served in the 76th Infantry Division in World War ll, in Germany. He crossed the Atlantic Ocean on the ships Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. While on board, one of his assigned responsibilities was to entertain the troops. He was among the first troops to cross the Rhine River. He also served under General Patton as a platoon leader.

After the war, he married Ena Fern Parker on Dec. 1, 1946. He moved his family to Kansas, Oregon and Alaska. They moved to Ketchikan in 1963, to Wrangell in 1965 and to Sterling in 1983, where he resided until his death.

He was a musician and played professionally in Oregon. While in Alaska, he served several years on the praise and worship team at Sterling Abundant Life Assembly of God Church. He supported his wife's vision of starting a senior center in Sterling. He enjoyed entertaining friends at home or the senior center.

"He grew up with a strong work ethic and believed in God, country and family. His logging days included horse logging and years in the Tongass National Forest. His love of hunting, fishing and gardening in the great outdoors provided meals for many other families," his family said.

"Archie was committed to family and was generous in sharing all he had. Though a man of simple ways, he had strong uncompromising moral values and knew what he believed."

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ena "Fern" Chamberlin of Sterling; children, Clifford Chamberlin of Sterling, Sharon (Martin) Kaniho of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Gary (Mindy) Chamberlin of Sterling and Karen (Dave) Skoglund of Wasilla; grandchildren Theresa (Casey) Morris, Brandon Chamberlin and Marty, Richard and Tony Kaniho; niece Joan Jensen of Hendersen, Nev.; and several other nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be sent to Fern Chamberlin, P.O. Box 109, Sterling, AK 99672.

Arrangements were made by Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary in Anchorage.

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