James C. Chambers, Jr.

James C. Chambers, Jr., of Oak Harbor, passed away at the age of 77 on Jan. 12, 2007 in Coupeville. Jim was born March 6, 1929, to James C. Chambers, Sr., and Margaret Elsie (Rawlins) Chambers.

Jim lived in the Seattle area as a child. He left home at a young age and traveled the U.S. with a circus until he joined the Navy at 17. He married his lifelong companion, Monica (Jackie) Jaeger, on June 11, 1949, in California. In 1961, after 12 years of naval travel, he settled on a small farm at the corner of Sleeper and Taylor roads in Oak Harbor.

Jim and Jackie loved the area. There they raised four sons and taught them the value and joys of honesty, hard work, and of life in the country. Jim retired from the Navy in 1967. He followed his naval career working for the Civil Service Administration and later as a real estate broker for Pat Sullivan Realty in Oak Harbor. Jackie was called to our Lord on Feb. 9, 2006. Those whose lives they touched will always keep Jim and Jackie in memory.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Monica; his parents; and a sister, Elsie Chambers.

He is survived by his four sons and their wives, John and Betsy of Oak Harbor, Frank and Lorelei of Ferndale, Michael and Melanie of Entiat, and Patrick and Kenda of Enumclaw; two sisters, Ethel Reese and Violet Johnson; and a brothers, Walt Chambers. Jim was also blessed with 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Jim lived his life as a private man, enjoying hunting, fishing and the great outdoors. At Jim’s request there will be no public memorial service. As a sailor, his desire was that his ashes be scattered at sea and so it shall be. The family will hold a private service in honor of his life and accomplishments.

In lieu of memorials, the family would like you to take someone dear to you out to dinner and tell you how much you love them.