James Lowell Chamberlain

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JAMES LOWELL CHAMBERLAIN Age 86, passed away November 6, 2008 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. Born March 9, 1922 in Ralston, Nebraska to James and Arvilla Chamberlain. He spent his early youth on a farm near Ashland, NE, before moving to CA in 1935. Jim lived most of his life in Hawthorne, CA,. A graduate from Leuzsinger High School in 1939, and further attending Los Angeles Business College. He was proud to have served as a second lieutenant in the Army/Air Force during WWII as a Navigator on a B-24 bomber, seeing combat in the South Pacific Theater. His plane was forced to ditch in the water on its 13th mission. He felt lucky to have survived which forged his positive outlook and graciousness personality for his remaining years. He worked for Northrop Aircraft Company in Hawthorne for 35 years before retiring as Paymaster in 1977. Jim was a resident of Sun City, CA, these last three years. Devoted to his immediate and extended family, Jim is survived by his wife, Lois, of 63 years, who he met in Walla Walla, WA, while stationed there for training during WWII. He also leaves behind his daughter, Donna of Murrieta, his son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Joanne of St. Augustine, FL, and three grandchildren: Rachel, Shaun and Jared. Jimmy is also survived by his sisters: Helen Wildman of Central Point, OR, and Alice Gustavson of La Mesa, his niece Joyce Sake of La Mesa and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, some of which are in NE that he remained in contact with and enjoyed visiting. James was an avid sports enthusiast, playing golf, basketball, baseball and bowling over the years. He regularly followed local, regional, and national sports teams and always rooted for UCLA. He coached Little League and Middle League baseball teams, including his son's and the league's all star teams. This kind, gentle man traveled with Lois after his retirement in their mini-home and was proud to have visited every state in the Union. Visitation will be Wednesday, November 12, 2008, 4 until 8PM at Rice Chapel, Torrance, CA. Graveside services will be Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 11AM at Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood CA.. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the jimmy fund, GOALS, c/o Great Oak High School, 32555 Deer Hollow Way, Temecula, CA 92592 or Hospice of the Valleys, 25240 Hancock, Ste. 120, Murrieta, CA 92592.

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  1. Before I noted the name, James Chamberlain, the picture caught my eye and my first reaction was that the picture sure looked a lot like my grandmothers last husband. Then, I saw the name – Chamberlain. My ‘step-granddad’ was Parker Grey Chamberlain. He died about 1949. Sorry for your loss. Bill Bennett

  2. Lois and family Gwen and I had the honor and privilege of working with Jim for many years at Northrop—-he was always a true gentleman and a good friend—-our prayers are with the family—Ray and Gwen Nadeau

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