Donald Chambers


Donald H. Chambers, 92, of Smithville, formerly of Columbus, passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at I.U. Health Hospice House in Bloomington.

Born Jan. 10, 1925, in Madison, Indiana, he was the son of Harry and Elizabeth Pearl (Smith) Chambers.

Don was a mechanic in the United States Army Air Corps and served overseas during WWII. He worked at PECO in Columbus for 26 years and retired from General Motors in Indianapolis. He was a charter member of the NCHAA camping club and a member of the Hoosier Schooners camping club. Don could fix anything that needed fixing, be it electrical, automotive or whatever else might need repaired. He was well-known for his award-winning peanut brittle, which he made countless pounds of during his life. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and loved spending time with his family.

Don is survived by his sons, Thomas Chambers (wife, Pam) of Phoenix, Arizona and James Chambers (girlfriend, Lisa) of Sterling, Illinois; his daughter, Barbara Bartlett of Smithville; grandsons, Jon Chambers, Joey Chambers, Jake Bartlett and Matt Bartlett; granddaughters, Natasha Chambers-Hall and Karlie Chambers; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Don is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, MaryLou Chambers; his son, Michael Donald Chambers; his son-in-law, Tommy Joe Bartlett; and his brother, Burton Chambers.

A Celebration of Life and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Don’s family wishes to thank the folks at Comfort Keepers, especially Shannon, for their kindness and assistance. They would also like to thank Rosemary at Area 10 Agency on Aging.

Memorial contributions in Don’s memory may be made to the Tommy Bartlett Walking Trail c/o Clear Creek Township Trustees Office, The Alzheimer’s Association or the I.U. Health Hospice House.

The Funeral Chapel of Powell & Deckard, 3000 E. Third St., Bloomington, is handling arrangements.