Kenneth R. Chambers, 87, of Oak Grove Beach passed away Sunday, May 5, 2019 at Penn Yan Manor with a couple of his favorite caretakers Mrs. Dolly Brown and Mrs. Cindy Clair by his side.
A memorial service with military honors will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Dresden United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Dresden following the Service. Memorial Donations may be made to the Dresden United Methodist Church, the West Lake Road Fire Dept., or the Humane Society of Yates County. Kenneth will be missed by his two feline companions, Molly and Tiger.
Kenneth was born June 15, 1931, in Dresden, the son of Leon D. Chambers and Eva Hope (Howell) Chambers. Kenneth started his career following in his father’s footsteps working on the railroad for New York Central, Penn Central, and Conrail for 37 years as a telegraph operator. He also served proudly in the U.S. Navy from 1950-1954 on the USS Hornet CV12 during the Korean War.
Kenneth was a member of the American Legion Post 396, the VFW, and the Dresden United Methodist Church.
He is survived by a son, Keith D. Chambers of Penn Yan; two daughters, Debra A. Asbrand of Penn Yan and Darlene (Anthony) Conley of Dresden; two grandchildren, Derek (Erin Maney) LeShure Sr. of Geneva and Ryan (Leah) Conley of Ballston Lake. Also surviving him are seven great-grandchildren, Gavin Conley and a soon-to-be-born baby sister of Ballston Lake, Derek LeShure Jr. of Geneva, Catheryn Brigham/Stern, Amanda Roberts/Dalton, John Hall, Jimmy Hall, and Jeremy Hall of Virginia. Kenneth is also survived by a brother-in-law David Heusler and a sister-in-law, Jean K. Mashewske, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Shirley Mashewske Chambers; parents, Leon and Hope Chambers; brothers, Arthur (Pete) Chambers, Charles (Baldy) Chambers; two brother-in-laws Glenn (Dick) Mashewske and Roland (Bud) Hansen, and four sisters-in-law, Patricia (Pat) Hansen, Doris Heusler, Betty Chambers and Mary Chambers.
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