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Murray Franklin Chamberlin

Murray Franklin Chamberlin Jr., age 94, passed away on Monday, August 17, 2020. He was born on May 8, 1926 in Plainwell, MI the son of Murray F. and Eleanor (Ludwig) Chamberlin Sr. Murray is survived by his children: Scott Chamberlin and Jill (Tim) Steiner; grandchildren: Candace Chamberlin, Aaron (Cynthia) Steiner, Hannah Patton, Allisa Chamberlin, Jackson (Michelle) Kyle, and Onna Kyle; brother: Robert (Jo) Chamberlin; and son in law: Doug Kyle. Murray was preceded in his death by his parents and daughter: Cathy Kyle. Murray was lovingly known as the best boat mechanic in Plainwell. He was an avid hunter and loved owning english setter bird dogs. He also loved downhill skiing and was a top Senior Men's Slalom Racer in Michigan. Murray proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. Internment will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. While visiting Murray’s webpage at www.mccowensecord.com please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with the family. The family is being assisted by the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home; Marshall & Gren Chapel, 120 S. Woodhams St. Plainwell, MI 49080 (269-685-5881). Due to COVID-19 concerns, it is recommended that people that attend please wear a mask and observe social distancing, as well as any of the current CDC guidelines imposed on the day of the event.

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I'm sorry that I don't have much of a memory of Mr. Chamberlain. What I do know from conversations with my father before he passed away was that he and Murray were born on the same day, both graduated from PHS and both entered the navy at the same time after graduating. To Mr. Chamberlain's family, I am truly sorry for your loss. David Boulter

David P Boulter Sep 18 2020 5:21 PM

To Stubs Family, extended family and friends, Dave and I are so sadden by this huge loss to skiing, the big table at TR, Mammoth Mountain, Pine Lake Marina, boating on the big lake and so much more. I met Stub when he had his boat in Saugatuck when I was dating the guy he shared the boat with. He was so much fun to boat with and have a drink with. One time he helped patch up many cuts that were on my arms and legs. This happened to me going into the Saugatuck public boat launch, N Water St. to pull a boat towards shallower water that was sinking. Not thinking that this area would be full of Beer glass and tin back in the day. Wow was I bleeding, and he stepped right up to help. The trips out to his home, just to say hi, and his joining my huge Prairie Schooner parties. So many wonderful memories: he stepped up to the plate to teach my fiance, Dave Kribs to ski. This was no easy feat because Dave was a Baseball player not ever a skier. Stub also came to our wedding reception in 1999, and his name is on our wedding guest signature board, that to this day hangs in our bedroom. We read these special names that joined us on eqch anniversary. Dave and I also join Stub and another TR friend Ken Blayden at Mammoth Mountain in 2005. What a wonderful trip that was! Stub was in seventh heaven as our Skiing guide showing us this huge mountain. We skied all his favorite runs, and had to beg him to leave the black runs, and let us cruise the blues. We got to meet his sister and nieces on that trip too. TR and the big table, the many fun weekends were we all got crazy, Stub loved the girls! The many beautiful outdoor days or the many beautiful Winter storms that Stub and all skied in. Stub loved the sunshine days on the deck and the ski patrol cookouts, Dave and I took Stub to Plainwell hospital after a ski accident, and stayed with him till we knew he was good to go. I have to include the memorable ski trips north to ski Nubs Nob with 25 - 30 of our crazy ski friends where Stub and Ken could ski free because he was over 70. We always had a wonderful time! Then over the last several years his visits to TR became fewer so we made the trips to Pine Lake and the marina to say hello. Oh yes, he will be missed. He has joined a pretty elite group of friends from that big table at Timber Ridge. Those friends we still share wonderful memories, that are great stories that we all smile with, and as you have read Dave and I will share our many favorite stories from our times with Stub. RIP

Frannie & Dave Kribs Aug 30 2020 8:04 PM

Dear Scott, Jill, family & friends: I worked with Stub for over ten years as a car salesman. He took me under his wing and shared wisdom about sales & life, much of which I still think of OFTEN and fondly. Back then I was a democrat and Stub was a proud republican. We used to argue about politics. Many years ago I called Stub to say I'd converted and we had a fun chat catching up. Later still I arranged for some of those who worked with him to get together for lunch in Plainwell. It's been a couple years since we last spoke, most recently when I phoned, he didn't answer so I left a message (a couple years ago) but didn't hear back. Just this morning I learned of his passing. I will say a special prayer for his soul and the comfort of all who miss him. Kim "Mac" MacKellar

Kim "MAC" MacKellar Aug 22 2020 10:40 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Murray Chamberlin

Susan Boehm Aug 21 2020 3:51 PM

Brian and I send our deepest sympathy to Stub's family. We knew him from many years skiing at Timber Ridge. Our lockers were near each other and we enjoyed many conversations. He taught in the ski school and shared his love of skiing with hundreds and hundreds of beginners! In his later years he would bring his faithful dog with him and it would wait in the truck while he skied. He loved making those big swooping turns down Oak run. He will be missed!

Brian & Lynn McDaniel Aug 20 2020 7:01 PM

So sorry for your loss. Please know you are in our prayers. There are so many clouds he might ski on up there. Prayers coming your way

Richard Van Niman Lorraine Brown Aug 19 2020 9:57 PM

My deepest sympathy to Bob & Jo and Stubs entire family. He was a unique and wonderful man who I'll never forget. I always enjoyed seeing him. I asked once what a boat repair would cost and his response: "Does it matter" such a character. Makes me smile when I think of him but my heart is heavy and sad to learn of his passing. I will miss him always. Wishing strength and comfort to Stub's family. RIP buddy and give Billy a big hug from me.

Shawn Diebold Aug 19 2020 7:22 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Murray Chamberlin

Gerry Doutt Aug 18 2020 8:45 PM

Bob and Jo Scot and I are so sorry for your loss. Stub was a great person.

Dawn Ogden Aug 18 2020 2:44 PM

One day in the late 80s, I was fishing with a cousin and my husband on Pine Lake. The day turned cold and rainy. By the time we got back to the launch my teeth were chattering and I was miserable. Stub saw us pull up. He came out and invited us to come in and get warm by his fire! I was so touched by his kindness. Once the rain let up, the guys loaded our boat while I enjoyed a few more minutes of warmth. I dont remember the conversation, but I can still feel the warmth of the fire and the kind soul who invited us in. This all happened years before we moved out here and became a regular customer. RIP my friend.

Nancy Green Aug 18 2020 1:50 PM