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Lee Chambers, 82, Ottawa, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

Graveside services are planned for 10 a.m. today, Jan. 19, 2013, at Highland Cemetery. Family members will meet with friends 11 a.m. to noon at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. Friends were able to pay their respects to Mr. Chambers 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Dengel & Son Mortuary. Interment is planned Highland Cemetery, Ottawa.

He was born Oct. 6, 1930, in Homewood to Benjamin and Dorothy (Minnick) Chambers.

Lee was a near-lifelong Ottawa resident. He had lived at the Sunflower Plaza for the past two years. When he was younger, he lived in Topeka and Wellsville.

He graduated from Ottawa High School with the class of 1950.

Lee was united in marriage to Rayola B. Cunningham April 19, 1952, in Fayetteville, Ark. She preceded him in death Jan. 14, 2007.

Lee was employed by Mealman & Gorton Paint Contractors and Pelton-Morrissey Painting, retiring in 1995. He later became self-employed working until 1999.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church Ottawa, where he and Rayola taught Sunday school, later transferring membership to the Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he served as elder and longtime choir member; coached Babe Ruth youth baseball; Ottawa Men’s Bowling league and was an avid fisherman.   

Survivors include a daughter, Dawn Ferguson and husband, Steve, Ottawa; son, Shawn Chambers and wife, Bobbie Hawkins, Williamsburg; seven grandchildren, Erinn A. Whalen, Maggie R. Ferguson, Skyller A. Chambers, Madison L. Chambers, J.W. Hawkins, Lauren Freudenburg and Kelli R. Finch; and six great-grandchildren, Ava, Henry and Emery Hawkins, Dallas and Austyn Freudenburg, and Tequinna Chambers.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rayola Chambers; a son, Timothy Chambers; parents, Benjamin and Dorothy Chambers; and three brothers, Herb, Bill and Ronnie Chambers.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.

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