Obituary Details

Frank Walter Chambers

(10/01/1887 - 09/23/1979)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 08/31/1979

Frank W. Chambers

Frank W. Chambers, a former county clerk here and deputy state auditor, died last Sunday at Lake Jackson, Texas, at the age of 91.

Born Oct. 1, 1887, at Luling, Texas, he was the son of Samuel Berry Chambers and Alelia Wassenich Chambers.

Following his graduation from high school in Georgetown, Texas, he attended business school. He worked in a Port Arthur rice mill and clothing store before moving to Denver.

There he met Addison Spaugh and moved to Manville, where he worked for Spaugh for several years.

Mr. Chambers was a bookkeeper for the Bank of Lusk and then worked for Jesse Hall in the Lusk Lumber yard.

He returned to Port Arthur for one year and the moved to Bayard, Neb., to manage Hall's lumber yard there.

Mr. Chambers enlisted in the Army in 1917 and served for nearly two years.

Then he returned to Wyoming and married Leona Barber at Douglas in 1919.

Mr. Chambers was Niobrara County Clerk for 10 years and was deputy state auditor under Scott Jack.

In 1944, the Chambers moved to Denver, where they owned and operated the Wellington Hotel, and from there went to Grand Junction where they owned and operated the Frontier Motor Lodge.

Mr. Chambers at one time served as Best Western's regional governor for western Colorado.

The couple moved to Boulder in 1964 and after the death of his wife in 1978, Mr. Chambers lived at the Ranger Apartments in Lusk for two months.

He lived in Houston until April and then moved to Lake Jackson.

Mr. Chambers was member of the Congregational Church, the American Legion and the Masonic Lodge, in which he held the 33rd degree.

He survived by two daughters, Lucille Swanke of Lake Jackson and Jody Nestler of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; two brothers, Foster Chambers of El Paso Texas, and Roy Chambers of Texarkana, Texas; four grand children; and a great-grand daughter.

He was preceded in death by his wife, two brothers and three sisters.

A service was held Wednesday morning at Peet Mortuary, with the Rev. Frank Blish officiating.

Organist was Minerva Watson, and soloist was Mark Lohr. The song was "Battle Hymn of the Republic."

Members of the Lusk Masonic Lodge served as pallbearers, while honorary pallbearers were Don Taylor, C. E. Marvin, William Miller, Menno Kaan, Fred Willson and Walter Farrell.

Burial was at Lusk Cemetery.

The family prefers memorials to the Niobrara County Historical Society.

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