Robert E. “Bob” Chamberlin

Funeral services for Robert E. “Bob” Chamberlin, 83, rural Baldwin City, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Worden United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Clinton Cemetery, Clinton.

Mr. Chamberlin died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, at his home.

He was born Oct. 28, 1927, in Topeka, the son of Walter F. and Gladys N. Swearingen Chamberlin. He graduated from Topeka High School in 1947.

Mr. Chamberlin worked as a licensed land surveyor for the City of Lawrence. He later was a partner in Young & Brockway Engineering and Switzer & Chamberlin before retiring in 1992 as Public Works Director for Franklin County. He also farmed and raised registered Hampshire and Yorkshire hogs, and was the Swine Superintendent at the Douglas County Fair for many years. He was a member of Clinton Presbyterian Church, and the Kansas Society of Land Surveyors. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, woodworking, and his beloved schnauzer, Misty.

He married Mary Ann Herschell on Nov. 26, 1949, in Topeka. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include three sons, James and wife Rhonda, Quenemo, John and wife Yolanda, Overland Park, and Dean and wife Saleena, Ft. Hood, Tex.; three daughters, Nancy Cronn and husband Charles, Lyndon, Peggy Barden and husband Bob, De Pere, Wisc., and Shirley McElhenie and husband Patrick, Sauk City, Wisc.; two step sisters, Ardis Pipkin, St. Charles, Mo., and Lois Myrick, Topeka; 21 grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and 2 step great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a step brother, Leon Talbott, a step sister, Donna Talty, and a granddaughter.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will receive them from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Visiting Nurses, in care of the funeral home, 601 Ind., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Sylvia Ellis...

Chamberlin Family,

We are so sorry to hear of your loss.

Please know that we are thinking of you all at this time.

Our prayers are with you all.

Sylvia Ellis and Family

From Linda Finger...

Dear Mary Ann, John, and families,
I remember meeting Bob back in 1978 when I started work in the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Office. He was the “lighter” side of the two — Keith and he use to come in together. I always enjoyed talking to him and know that he took his work seriously, but his family just as much so. I spoke with him some when he was in Franklin County and then just lost touch with him. Bob was a good man and I am delighted that I had the opportunity to know and work with him.
I am very sorry for your loss and the pain you are going through. We will keep your family in our prayers.
Linda Finger

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