Gary Clark Chamberlain, 52, of Miles City passed away Jan. 5, 2013 at the B i l l i n g s Clinic ICU.
Posted Jan. 11, 2013
He was born Oct. 1, 1960 in Baker to Winfred and Frieda Chamberlain. He was raised in Baker for 12 years before going to Miles City.
Gary Chamberlain married Vickie Parsons Dec. 4, 1987 in their home in Miles City and just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
In 1977 he and his identical twin Terry joined the Marines. Upon returning home, Gary worked hard at several jobs in Miles City including 4B’s, United Beverage, Blue Rock, Conlin’s, and has spent his last 15 years at M and C Beverage where he worked as a delivery driver and towards the end of his career as a salesman.
Gary loved to camp, fish, hunt, and to speak over the guide at Custer’s Battlefield. He loved the great outdoors with friends and family. He had a great passion for football – from watching his favorite team, the Minnesota Vikings, to coaching little guy football. He took pleasure in enjoying life to the fullest. Spending weekends and holidays with his family and friends was one of his greatest pasttimes.
Gary was an affectionate, humorous, fun-loving man who was notorious for his Tootsie Pops, toe gappins and snake bites. His sons would say he was not only the best father, but the best friend they ever had. His friends would be the first to say he had the biggest heart of anyone they ever knew. There was not a person he ever came across in his travels through life who hadn’t been touched by this wonderful man. He was the type of person who could go up to a complete stranger who was hurting, give them a hug, and make them feel better. He was loved by his co-workers, clients, friends, family and most of all, his wife Vickie.
His survivors include his wife, Vickie Chamberlain; his loving dog Snicker Doodle; his two children, Kelly (Holly) Parsons, and Travis (Stephany) Chamberlain; seven brothers and sisters: Billy (Karen) Chamberlain, Elsie (Leo) Efta, Diann (Mel) Mytty, Juanita Milne, Larry (Gloria) Chamberlain, Leonard (Lennis) Chamberlain, Terry Chamberlain; his mother-inlaw, Rosella Parsons; four sisters-inlaw, Ginger Bennette, Shelly and Bob Dyba, Robin (Tim) Neiffer, Lisa Parsons; numerous nieces, nephews and those he called family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Winfred and Frieda Chamberlain; sisters Arlene and Mary; and father-in-law, George Parsons. A visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City with family receiving friends from 4-6 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Miles City. Interment will follow in the Eastern Montana State Veteran’s Cemetery with full military honors provided by VFW Post 1579.
Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com. Should friends desire, memorials are in place with the Little Guy Football Association.