Kenneth L. Chamberlin

Ken Chamberlin Photo 001Kenneth Lester Chamberlin passed away at his home after a four-year hard fought battle with Lymphoma on December 26, 2014. He was 68.

Ken was born in Lewiston, ID on August 16, 1946 to George and Verla (Gardner) Chamberlin and joined sister Beverly and brother Gary. He attended Clarkston High School and graduated in 1964 then soon after joined the Army. He spent the majority of his service in Berlin with an intelligence unit listening in on Vietcong and other enemy transmissions and passing that information on to his commanders. He was honorably discharged in 1968 and joined the Whitman County Sheriff’s office as a jailer and during that time married Donna Heitmann.

In 1970 he joined the WSU Police Department. In 1972 his daughter Cynthia was born and would be their only child. He left the WSU police force in 1991 and went to work for CableVision in Pullman and stayed with the cable company and their many name changes until he retired in 2011 from Time Warner.  In 1991 he also met his future wife Susan Williams Kuehner and married in 1997. They made their home in Moscow and enjoyed many years of camping almost every weekend during the summer in fall as well as taking a yearly vacation with their best friends, the Geezers. He loved the mountains and exploring via 4-wheelers and always looked forward to the yearly vacations. They camped out of Clarkia, what the locals called Camper Corner along with other couples who leased ground next to them and became good friends with all of them.

He especially loved his grandkids and when they were little he would chase them all over the house teasing them; tossing them up in the air while they were begging him to “do it again.” As the grandkids grew he still loved to tease them. He was a very special loving man, kind and gentle.

His parents preceded him in death. Surviving are his wife, Sue, his daughter, Cynthia Reese (Ron) and grandson Brady; Sue’s daughters Renee Kuehner, Michelle Barringer (Wade) and their children Ronan and Thea; Jennifer McDonald (Rob) and their boys Lars and Odin, his sister Beverly Coe (Chuck) and their children, Linda (Glenn) Baker and Monty (Cindy) Coe, and brother Gary, and his son Brett – and the Geezers.

The family would like to express their special thanks to Dr. Shah and all the nurses at St. Joe’s Cancer Center as well at Gritman Hospital, plus extra thanks to the most loving nurses and aids with Gentiva Hospice. Memorials are suggested to the Cancer Society or Gentiva Hospice.

At Ken’s request, there will be no service but later in the spring, there will be a memorial for family and friends at Rock Creek Cemetery out of Potlatch. Wear you camping clothes!

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

5 Responses to Kenneth L. Chamberlin

  1. Becky Miller says:

    Dear Cindy, I was so sorry to hear you lost your dad. Cancer is such an ordeal for everyone involved, but it sounds as though he got good care and was very loved. I come from a big family, so it’s hard to imagine facing this without siblings. But I hope you are comforted by your memories and your faith. We spend so much of our lives striving and pushing and reaching, and when stuff like this happens, we realize what really matters. Blessings to you and your family as you mourn and remember.

  2. Judy Larson says:

    Ken married Sue, and became a member of this large Lande family. He was such a nice, loving, kind man. He was part of the family. We shall miss him

  3. Cheri and Carl Landrum says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Ken was a very special man. I know my mother always talked so highly of him, and your whole family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Love, Cheri and Carl Landrum

  4. RUTHIE BRUNS says:

    Dear Sue and family,
    Our sincere sympathies as this time. We are so sorry to hear that Ken has passed away. You are in our thoughts and prayers. You take care just so very sorry for your loss, Ruthie & Al

  5. Clee and Donna Manchester says:

    We are so sorry to read about Kens passing. Clee and Ken were very close friends when they were in high school. Kens mom always told Clee they were like brothers. Wish we could have been able to spend more time together in later years. Ken was always a very good person. You are in our prayers, Ken will be sorrowfully missed. Clee and Donna

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