Richard ‘Dick’ Neil Chamberlin, 85, a resident of Maupin, Oregon died at home February 28, 2015.
Richard was born November 30, 1929 in Portland, Oregon the oldest of two children to William and Amalia (Schrupp) Chamberlin. He was raised and educated in Newberg, Oregon, graduating from Newberg High School. The then attended Oregon State University and Linfield College earning a Master of Arts degree. Richard taught music in the Wasco County School District; both in the Grade School and the High School. He was a member of the Lions Club and Maupin Community Church where he directed the choir for many years. He directed the Maupin High School pep band for many years and played in the Maupin Community Pep Band for a long time after that. He volunteered for the Maupin Chamber of Commerce giving visitors directions to local sites. He would share his love of music, taking pictures flying, and the poetry he wrote with his friends and the community; he was an advisor to many student groups teaching these activities. He also loved camping, boating, and sailing his model sailboat. He did music services for The Dalles nursing homes. Richard is survived by his wife, Donna of Maupin, Oregon; daughter Kathy Emert and her husband Randy of Portland, Oregon and their children Brian and Kimberly Emert and Justin and Becky Neill;
Daughter Barbara Chamberlin of White Horse, Yukon Territory, Canada; daughter Sandi Thornton and her husband Steve of Newberg, Oregon; son Doug and his wife Carol Chamberlin and their daughter Amanda of Klamath Falls, Oregon; his sister Margi Hamilton and her husband Dewey of Tigard, Oregon and Donna’s children Jeffrey and Gretchen McCoy and their children Jade, Sadie, Storm and Mollie.
Services will be held Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Maupin High School. A potluck finger food and dessert will be served afterward.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dick and Mary Jane Chamberlin Music Fund c/o Maupin High School, 699 4th Street Maupin, Oregon 97037.
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