Robert M. "Jack" Chambers, 81, Logansport, passed away at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in his residence. He had been courageously battling lung cancer since August of this year.
Jack was born June 3, 1936, in Cass County to Dennis and Dorothy Chambers and he was raised on a farm by his grandparents, V.P. "Doc" and Malinda Chambers. His childhood on the farm undoubtedly was a major influence throughout his life.
He graduated from Logansport High School in 1954 and then worked his way through college earning an accounting degree from Indiana University in Bloomington. Following college graduation in 1959, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served as a medical and financial clerk for army personnel.
Once Jack left the army in 1961, he went to work for the IRS as a field auditor in Fort Wayne. In 1966, he moved back to Logansport to open his own accounting firm. He managed Chambers & Co. CPA LLC until his retirement from the firm in 2015. He served the area for over 50 years providing accounting and tax services to his beloved clients.
Jack returned to his farming roots in 1976 when he bought his first farm. He would grow this into a business raising corn, soybeans, hay, and cattle over the years, while sharing many life lessons with his children along the way.
Combining his love of farming and business, he purchased with partners the local John Deere dealership, which became known as Green Power, in 1991 and eventually became the sole owner in 1995. As the agribusiness environment evolved he joined forces with two other dealerships to form Tri Green Tractor in 2011.
In 1994, Jack was quoted as saying he had no plans to retire and up until he was diagnosed with cancer he was working every day.
Over and above his love and respect for his family, Jack was an avid IU football and basketball fan. He was a season ticket holder of IU football for over 50 years, and trips to IU in the fall were something he always enjoyed. Jack also always had a dog in his life, many of which were rescues, to keep watch around the house and on the farm, with Clyde holding guard today.
He met his wife, Doris R. Rush of Walton, of almost 49 years through friends and married in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Dec. 5, 1968. They started their family in 1970, raising three children, Claudia (Teddy) Mager of Granger, Cara (Chris) Stienbarger of Logansport, and Calvin (Abbey) Chambers of Zionsville. His heart was broken in 2012 when Cara passed away after her own battle with cancer.
Jack has seven grandchildren: Maren, Theodore, Trenton, and Meadow Mager of Granger and Georgiana, Margaret, and Chester Chambers of Zionsville.
Jack had five siblings: Della Quinn, South Bend, Ves (Lindus) Chambers, Fowler, who survive. Eddie Chambers, Fort Wayne, Thomas Chambers and Margaret Kreighbaum, Logansport, preceded him in death. He had two special aunts in his life, Freda Vaughan and Catherine "Kate" Schrader, who preceded him in death as well.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at Calvary Presbyterian Church with a luncheon to follow at noon in Bigler Hall. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery following the luncheon.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at Kroeger Funeral Home, and from 10-11 a.m. Monday at Calvary Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
Cass County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 441, or Calvary
Presbyterian Church, 701 Spencer St., both Logansport
Published on October 26, 2017