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Richard "Dick" Chamberlain

March 20, 1930 November 15, 2019
Richard "Dick" Chamberlain
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Weighing in at just above four pounds each, Albert Charles Ewan and Alfred Carl Ewan were born on March 20, 1930 at the Butte Maternity Hospital in Butte, Montana. Their birth mother, Marie Ewan, lovingly placed the twins up for adoption and they were placed in the Montana Children's Home Society, also known as Shodair, in Helena, Montana. Approximately 8 weeks after their birth, they were being held and cherished by their forever parents, Robert and Bertha Chamberlain who named the boys, Robert Merritt and Richard Wyatt. Bob and Dick grew up on the homestead North of Denton, enjoying the freedom of country living and learning to farm. 

Dick attended the White Arrow School, Coffee Creek School, and Denton High School, graduating in 1948. As twins, they shared many experiences that only twins could share. One on the floorboards running the foot pedals while the other maneuvered the steering of their old truck down the gravel road. Climbing the windmill tower, encouraging each other into risky situations and then, all of a sudden, taking over their family farm when their dad died at a young age. The boys farmed together until the 60's when Bob moved with his family to Helena to run the Coast to Coast store. 

In 1952, Dick married his bride, Callie Econom in the first Methodist Church in Lewistown. He spent many hours washing dishes at the Denton bowling alley while courting this feisty Greek. Less than one year from their wedding, Dick volunteered for the draft and was stationed at FortLewis, Washington as a regimental dispensary clerk at Madigan Army Hospital. He served two years in the Army. Their first child, Gordon was born while living in Tacoma. In 1955, Dick and Callie returned to Central Montana where their two daughters, Diane and Sandra were born. They lived in Denton where Dick farmed the homestead and many other leased pieces of ground in the area. 

Dick continued farming for the next 30 years. His children, Gordon, Diane, and Sandy assisted with harvest and seeding and during hay season could be seen picking small square bales in the ditches with a collie dog by their side. Dick provided for his family and led by example as to his work ethic. According to Gordon, he quickly learned it was 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 pm. when you're working ground. Dick and Callie also had cattle which often meant 1:00 a.m. drives east of town to check during calving season. Dick was a true sodbuster and took great pleasure in having straight rows as he planted his crops....especially those fields near the road. He decided he would have loved a GPS in his tractor as he observed the perfection of current farming and their exactness in windrows today.  

In 1985, Dick and Callie moved to Woods Bay on Flathead Lake. Dad loved this beautiful place and spent many hours on the water fishing, especially enjoying that time when he had a grandchild hanging on to a pole at his side. His neighbors and friends at the lake were as important to him as the ones back in Central Montana and there was always coffee on at The Chamberlains on Lakeshore Drive. Dick and Callie enjoyed winters in Yuma, Arizona where dad would take drives to the date farm with his longtime friends Daryl and Baldy. He LOVED the warmth of Arizona and cherished the time at both the Flathead and in Yuma.  

In 2005, Dick and Callie moved back to Lewistown, where they spent the rest of their years together. When Callie was living in the nursing home, Dick could be seen at her bedside reading, holding her hand and often snoozing in her recliner. He was a loyal and dedicated husband and led by example in these troubling years. 

Dad maintained his independence, living alone on East Broadway until his death on November 15th, 2019 at 12:45 a.m. He loved his car and the ability to drive around when he wanted to get out. Coffee in the morning at McDonald’s with the crew; and lunch at the Council on Aging at noon. His favorite thing to do was to take drives with his girls, often ending for a burger or pie at Eddie's Corner. He seemed to know everybody in Lewistown and had connections to everyone. 

In 2016, after a bit of genealogy work by Jackie Wickens, it was discovered that dad and Uncle Bob's birth mother and family had actually lived in Montana. This discovery made for an exciting time in our family as dad found out he had another brother, Bob living in Fort Peck! Soon we had a reunion of the brothers. It was a great occasion when we were able to connect with his many cousins. His birth mom had lived in the Livingston area and the Ewans were still around! 

Dick was a member of the Methodist Church, American Legion, Labor Union, and Masonic Lodge. He loved visiting, driving, and being with his family. He LOVED his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was so tickled when they dropped by and crawled up on his lap. 

Richard is survived by his son, Gordon (Dawn) Chamberlain; daughters, Diane (John) Wickens and Sandra (Jeff) Mikeson; grandchildren, Matt (Jamie) Wickens, Wyatt, Kinzlee, and Wrett of Winifred, Eric (Emma) Wickens, Claire, Lyndie, Maryn, Wade, and Walker of Winifred, Nicole Wickens of Livingston, Jason (Jackie) Wickens and their children, Nash and Nellie of Bozeman,Brandon Chamberlain, New York City, Jared (Jaclyn) Chamberlain and their children, Maelyn Callie, and Weston of Phoenix, AZ, Cory Chamberlain of Olympia, WA and Caleb (Dawn) Chamberlain of Olympia, WA, Hannah (Jerry) Marquardt and their daughters, Alexa, Olive, and Theodore of Stanford. He is also survived by many special nieces and nephews. 

Dad appreciated the kindness and love of all of his friends. His celebration of life will be at 2:00 on Friday, November 22nd at the Methodist Church in Lewistown. A dinner will follow at the Elks Club; everyone welcome. A short graveside service with military honors will be held at 10:30 a.m. on the 22nd at Hillcrest Cemetery in Denton. 

Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Memorial donations can be made to Council on Aging, Katie’s House, Denton or Lewistown Methodist Church or a charity of your choice. Dick’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com


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Visitation

Thursday

21

Nov

5:00 PM 11/21/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 11/21/2019 7:00:00 PM
Creel Funeral Home

601 West Main Street
Lewistown, MT 59457

Creel Funeral Home
601 West Main Street Lewistown 59457 MT
United States

Graveside

Friday

22

Nov

10:30 AM 11/22/2019 10:30:00 AM
Hillcrest Cemetery

Pacer Coulee Road
Denton, MT 59430

Hillcrest Cemetery
Pacer Coulee Road Denton 59430 MT
United States

Service

Friday

22

Nov

2:00 PM 11/22/2019 2:00:00 PM
United Methodist Church

512 W. Broadway St.
Lewistown, MT 59457

United Methodist Church
512 W. Broadway St. Lewistown 59457 MT
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Hillcrest Cemetery Final Resting Place

Pacer Coulee Road
Denton, MT 59430

Pacer Coulee Road Denton 59430 MT
United States

Memorial Contribution

Council on Aging

307 W. Watson
Lewistown, MT 59457

Denton Methodist Church

203 Miller
Denton, MT 59430

Lewistown Methodist Church

512 W. Broadway
Lewistown, MT 59457

Salt Creel Ministries/Katie's House

825 W. Main St.
Lewistown, MT 59457
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