June 25, 1929—Sept. 10, 2019
Allan Gray Chamberlain passed away on Sept. 10, 2019. He was born to Lloyd and Lydia Chamberlain in Portland, OR, on June 25, 1929. At an early age, the family moved to Terrace Lane outside Kelso, WA, on the banks of the Coweeman River. He attended Wallace Grade School, Carl Puckett Jr. High and went on to graduate from Kelso High School in 1947. Allan attended Washington State University for one year, then transferred to Gonzaga University, where he completed his bachelor’s degree in 1951. In order to continue at the University, Allan enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Shortly after enlisting, he met his future bride, Susan Marie Schmidt, from Greencreek, ID. Allan and Susan were married the day after his graduation from Gonzaga. Upon returning to Longview, Allan went to work at the Longview Fibre Company. He retired from Fibre 39.5 years later. Shortly after starting work at Longview Fibre, Allan was called to active duty and stationed at the Naval Biological Laboratory in Oakland, CA.
Allan and Susan raised four sons: Marvin, Vernon, Thomas and David. All the boys attended Saint Rose Catholic School and then entered the Longview school system, where they were active in several sports. Allan was active in Western Little League, the Babe Ruth program and American Junior Legion Baseball. He was a member of the American Legion Post 155, the Kelso-Longview Elks Club and the Longview Eagles.
Allan was preceded in death by his parents, sister Loraine, niece Corrita, nephew Michael and Grandson Nick. Allan is survived by his bride of a lifetime (68 years) Susan; as well as sons Marvin (Kaye), Vernon (Christi), Thomas (Jodi), David; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
A funeral mass is planned for Sept. 27, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Saint Rose Catholic Church and will be followed by a reception at Saint Rose Center from noon-1:30 p.m. A burial service will follow at 2 p.m. at the Longview Memorial Park Cemetery. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Cowlitz County Community Home Health & Hospice to recognize the extraordinary care and assistance their staff provided these past 10 months.