Earl Chamberlain Obituary

Earl W. Chamberlain
Earl W. Chamberlain
Earl W. Chamberlain

October 7, 1932 - March 7, 2015
Born in Gering, NE
Resided in West Des Moines, IA
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Earl Warren Chamberlain, resident of West Des Moines, Iowa passed away peacefully on Saturday March 7, 2015. Earl was born on October 7, 1932 in Gering, Nebraska and was the oldest son of William and Bernice Chamberlain. He is survived by four siblings: Darlene, Dorothy, Genevieve, and Doug. A 1950 graduate of LaGrange Wyoming High School, Earl married Crystal Faye Beers in LaGrange on September 21, 1952.

Earl received both a B.S. (Agronomy/vocational agriculture) and M.S. (Agronomy - Weed Science) from the University of Wyoming. He was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi, and Gamma Sigma Delta honor societies and was past president of the North Central Weed Science Society. In 1996 he was selected as a fellow of the North Central Weed Science Society where he was honored his profound dedication to those he served and his exceptional contribution to the development of new concepts in controlling weeds in the field and forage crops, rangeland, and fallow.

His career began as a vocational agriculture teacher and basketball coach at LaGrange HS, where his team won the state title during the 54-55 season. He later served as a commissioned officer in the Army from 1955 through 1958 with an honorable discharge. He next become ranch foreman in Park County Wyoming for then Congressman Keith Thompson from 1958-1961, followed by becoming a research assistant and then instructing with the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture. Earl then joined Geigy Chemical Corp. (later Ciba-Geigy, then Syngenta) as a Field Research Representative in 1964, eventually becoming the Midwest Regional Research Manager for 20 years until his retirement in 1987. He spent a brief period in retirement before joining Walmart Corporation where he was employed for 23 years. As if that were not enough, he also embarked on a side career with DCI which included planter calibration, seed sales, and claim settlements. He was a favorite of many of the farmers he worked with over the years.

During his working career he enjoyed living in many areas of the country including Laramie and Cody (WY), Lubbock (TX), St. Charles (IL.) and West Des Moines.
His interests included politics, college football, high school sports, NASCAR, fishing, Nebraska football, and his Wyoming cowboys. He constantly doted on his beloved Chihuahua's - Peanut, Coco, and Chico. Earl was a huge fan of Ronald Reagan, the hot dog, Pepsi (the 32 ounce version), snickers (often kept under lock and key), Dairy Queen Mocha Chip Blizzards (purchased in bulk), barbeque, and any dessert he could get his hands on. He loved to kid with his grandchildren and great grandchildren and could talk sports for hours, especially Nebraska football and his Wyoming cowboys. He once attended a University of Texas – Wyoming football game in Austin dressed entirely in a Wyoming Cowboy wardrobe – a situation so unique that he was filmed by ESPN as he sat surrounded by UT burnt orange. He was also a big Texas Tech fan and he fondly remembered the days of all-Americans Donny Anderson ("The Golden Palomino") and Tom Wilson during the early years of his career with Geigy.

He was in some ways a conundrum – a coach, farmer, rancher, researcher, and highly respected, consummate professional in his field. This respect from former colleagues has been echoed many times in the past few weeks in e-mails, phone calls, and prayers. Earl was also stubborn as a mule, politically conservative, deeply religious, very loving to his family and wife, intelligent, genuine, and sincere. His family loved him dearly for all of those qualities.

Earl is survived by his loving wife, Crystal Beers Chamberlain of West Des Moines, sons Allen William (Bill) of Spring, Texas and Rick Chamberlain of The Woodlands, Texas and their spouses Yvonne and Patti, daughters Brenda Chamberlain Parker of Waukee, Iowa, and Kristy Ruble of Windsor Heights, Iowa and her spouse David Ruble, 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, siblings Darlene, Dorothy, Genevieve, and Doug, and his beloved Chihuahua Chico and cat Carmel. Earl was preceded in death by his parents, William and Bernice Chamberlain and an infant son.

Visitation will held on Thursday, March 12 from 5-8 pm at Iles Westover Funeral Home at 6337 Hickman Road in Urbandale. Funeral services will be the following day, Friday, March 13 at 10:00 am at New Hope Assembly of God at 4425 70th St. in Urbandale with a luncheon to follow. Pastor James Weaver of New Hope Assembly of God will preside, pallbearers will be sons Allen William and Rick Chamberlain, son-in-law Dave Ruble, and grandsons Matthew and Ryan Chamberlain, and Jaren Ruble. Earl will be buried in the LaGrange, Wyoming cemetery. Graveside services will be held during the month of June, 2015.

The Iles Westover Funeral Home of Urbandale is in charge of funeral arrangements. For more information, please call 515-710-4934.

The family requests donations be sent in Earl's name to one of the following: Des Moines Christian School, Iowa Christian Academy, or Heinz 57 Rescue in DeSoto, Iowa. Our thanks to those who have reached out to comfort Earl and his family during this time of need.

Earl Warren Chamberlain: "Worked hard, lived well, was loved"

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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Thursday, March 12, 2015
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
New Hope Assembly of God Church
4425 70th Street
Urbandale, IA USA 50322
Friday, March 13, 2015
10:00 AM


Iowa Christian Academy
2501 Vine Street
West Des Moines, IA 50265