Donald Eugene Chambers of Vichy, MO passed away Monday at the University Hospital in Columbia, MO. He was 73 years of age.
He was born June 10, 1947, in Belle, MO, the son of the late Thomas Andrew and Dorothy Marie Moreland Chambers.
Don was united in marriage to Brenda Matthews on January 24, 2004, in Vienna, MO.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Brenda, of Vichy, MO, Sons: Donald Arthur Chambers and his wife Ramona Kay of Vienna, MO, Mark Andrew Chambers of Vichy, MO, and Raymond Lee Theberge of, Oklahoma City, OK. Daughter: Theresa Theberge of Houston, Texas, and 6 grandchildren: Shayne Shaul, Dimesha Chambers, Dominic (Dom) Gasper, Gabriella (Gabby) Gasper, Elizabeth (Lizzy) Chambers, and Theiadora (Theia) Theberge.
Don was an over-the-road trucker most of his life. He drove a concrete truck for 36 years. He worked for Havin Redi-Mix, Breckenridge Redi-Mix, and Rolla Redi-Mix. He was most known for his 44 years with the Vichy Fire Department, serving as Chief of the Vichy Fire Department for 38 of those years. While performing as Chief of the Fire Department, many great changes were made possible including constantly upgrading equipment and building a new facility not only for the Fire Department but for the town of Vichy. The Vichy Fire Department is known for fundraising dinners, auctions, and other events at the firehouse, which has brought Vichy and the surrounding town together for good times of fellowship. Through his leadership, great volunteers, and support from the community, Don has made the Vichy Fire Department one of the best departments in the state of Missouri.
Don was also known for his quick wit and fun sense of humor. When you saw Don, he had an inviting smile and was always ready to visit. He loved his family dearly and especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing and Nascar and had a great collection of pocket knives with a story for each one he collected. He always had his unwavering faith in God and accepted His will in his life. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister.
Donald Chambers will lie in state from 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 19, 2021, at the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, MO.
Funeral Service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at the Jones Funeral Home in St James, MO, with Brother Gary Lane Officiating. Military Honors will be held at the Jones Funeral Home following the Service. Missouri Patriot Guard will provide a Flag Line for their fallen brother. Memorials are suggested to the Vichy Community Church or the Vichy Fire Department. Cards are available at the Jones Funeral Home.
After receiving Mr. Chambers ashes back, burial ceremonies will continue, starting at the Jones Funeral Home, on May 1st, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Chambers will be receiving his final ride on a Vichy Fire Department Fire Truck, and Escorts from the Patriot Guard, other Fire Departments and County Police Departments proceeding to the family plot at the Macedonia Cemetery in Vichy, MO for an 11:00 a.m. Graveside Funeral. There Mr. Chambers will receive his Official Fire Chief Ceremonies from the Missouri Service Funeral Assistance Team, along with his Final Call.
Cards of condolences may be entered at www.jonesfunerals.com.
All arrangements are under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, MO.
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