Chamberlain, Leon Early (September 19, 1923 - September 1, 2008)

Leon Early Chamberlain

1923 - 2008

Douglas Budget - September 10, 2008

Funeral services for Leon Early Chamberlain Jr., 84, were Sept. 6 at First Baptist Church in Douglas with Pastor Tom Strock of First Baptist Church of Lusk officiating.

Interment was at the Chamberlain Ranch.

Leon Chamberlain died Sept. 1, 2008, at Douglas Care Center. Leon and his identical twin brother, Leonard, were born Sept. 19, 1923, in Glenrock to Leon E. Chamberlain Sr. and Ines Alene (Weber) Chamberlain. The family moved to Casper, where the twins graduated from Natrona County High School in 1941. After high school they started ranching north of Casper. In 1942, they bought the ranch on Natural Bridge Road.

In December 1948, Leon married Beverly Rae Baker, and to this union five children were born. Leon was a member of First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and taught Sunday School for 52 years. He was commissioner on the LaPrele Irrigation District and on the district #6 school board.

Leon was preceded in death by his father on Nov. 14, 1967; his mother on Feb. 28, 1985; brother Roy Chamberlain; and great-granddaughters Dena Strock and April Rose.

He is survived by his wife Beverly; son Leon III (Jeannie) Chamberlain; daughters Loydaine (Tom)Strock; Debbie (Jim) Walker, Connie (Jim) Bowen, and Toni (Kevin) Pagett; grandchildren Lance Strock, Tomi Strock, Laura Hobza, Loni McNare, Terra Ellison, Laney Goold, Andie Kiger, Leon IV (Lee) Chamberlain, Jessie Walker, Cody Bowen, Dustin Bowen, Morgan Pagett, Madison Pagett, and Mackensie Pagett; 20 great-grandchildren; twin brother Leonard (Teil) Chamberlain; sister-in-law Marcie Chamberlain; mother-in-law Lucille Cress Baker; sisters-in-law Shirley Reed, Delores (Ralph) Guthrie, Sharon (Howard) Quam; and many nieces and nephews.

Serving as pallbearers were Lance Strock, Lee Chamberlain, Cody Bowen, Brent Strock, Colter McNare and Lane Strock.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Dick Strock, Robert Cross, Tom Edwards, Richard Edwards, Claude Ware, Gary Igo, Bob Bryant, Royce Williams and Bob Garland.

A memorial to the Friends of Israel, P.O. Box 908, Bellmawr, N.J. 08099, would be appreciated by the family.

Gorman Funeral Homes - Converse Chapel of Douglas was in charge of the arrangements.

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