Ernest Glen Chambers, 101 of Alma Nebraska

Funeral Services for Ernest G. Chambers will be conducted from the Grace Community Free Methodist Church in Alma, Nebraska on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Kenneth Robinson and Reverend Curtis Pfeil, officiating. Interment will be in the Alma Cemetery.

Ernest Glen Chambers was born February 14, 1912 in Ericson, Nebraska, the third of ten children born to Arthur and Cecila (Ryden) Chambers and passed to his eternal reward in heaven on June 13, 2013 from the Colonial Villa Good Samaritan Center in Alma at the age of 101 years, 3 months, and 30 days.

He attended country grade school at Holbrook, and then part of his high school at Edison, Nebraska. He finished his schooling by graduating from Central High School Academy and a ½ year of Bible College at Central College in McPherson, Kansas.

As a young man while driving an old truck in Wyoming he threw his cigarettes out the window and made a vow to serve the Lord. To that vow he was true for nearly 80 years in spite of disappointments and trials. As a son of parents who were both Free Methodist Ministers he felt the call to the ministry. He served as a minister in the Free Methodist Church in the Nebraska-Wyoming conference for 40 years.

In 1939, he began pastoring a small church in Cambridge, Nebraska. On January 31, 1940, he united in marriage to Melva Schroder of Huntley, Nebraska. They were married at the Free Methodist Church in Alma and to this union were born two daughters: Wilma and Darlene. Because of his carpentry skills he was often called upon by the conference to head up building projects. Between 1940 and 1945 they lived at Ringgold, Nebraska, where they moved in and remodeled a parsonage. In 1945 they moved to Sargent, Nebraska, where they cut a parsonage in half and built in the middle to enlarge the size of the house. Then in 1951, they moved to Kearney, Nebraska, where he took on one of the bigger challenges of his life. The remodeling of a chapel building that had been moved in from the air force base. It was turned into a church and parsonage. While living in Kearney, Ernie also built a superintendent parsonage in town. He drove for several weeks to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he helped build a parsonage for the church there. In 1960, he was sent by the conference to pastor two small churches at Amelia and Ewing, Nebraska. In 1962, he moved to Alma and while pastoring helped build a new church and parsonage. In 1979, Ernie retired from the pastorate but still continued to preach the word in various churches when a need arrived. He was also involved in building projects throughout the area which included: the Moses Hill Church, north of Holdrege, and the Englewood Church in rural Kansas. Because many times the churches were small he worked at painting houses and farm buildings, building houses and other odd jobs to support his family.

After retirement he was involved with his daughter, Darlene and her husband in a hog operation. Later on he was helpful to his grandsons in their cattle operations. He was quite creative in his welding skills that were useful on the farm.

His family and friends will remember his stories of his life and the many challenges he met. But most of all he will always be remembered for his prayers and how they seemed to reach heaven and his devoted life as a true Christian. He lived what he believed and what he preached. He gave generously of his time and money to the church and his fellow man. As a family we feel blessed to have been led by a great man of God and for the many stored up prayers in heaven for each of us. We are rejoicing today in the fact he is in heaven, free of pain, with his Lord and family gone on before and receiving his well-earned reward, but he will be greatly missed by each of us.

He leaves to mourn his passing; his two daughters: Wilma Robinson and her husband, Kenneth of Funk, Nebraska and Darlene Barwick and her husband, David of Alma; seven grandchildren: Angela Leifeld and husband, Kenneth. Humphrey, NE., Brad Barwick of Alma, Kevin Robinson and wife, Cheryl, Wilcox, NE, Scott Barwick and wife, Steph of Juniata, NE, Douglas Robinson and wife, Tonya, Funk, Rodney Barwick and wife, Joanne of Orleans, NE, Bruce Barwick and wife, Laurel of Orleans; twenty-one great-grandchildren: Cassie, Jerad, Austin and Justin Leifeld, Kiley and Austin Barwick, Michael Jelkin, Sean Robinson, Brittany Rumbeck and husband, Brent, Brooke Robinson, Brandon, Blake and Correy Barwick, Dylan, Mychal, Sierra, Whitney and Jayden Robinson, Jacob and Alex Barwick, Erica Barwick; five great-great grandchildren: Madelynn Demboski Robinson, Gabriella Robinson and Grayson Bray, Nolen Rumbeck, and Gracie Robinson; one sister, Irene Taylor of Chicago, Illinois; two sisters- in-law: Phyllis Schroder of Alma and Fran Chambers of Lander, Wyoming; and numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, of 72 years, Melva on May 5, 2012, a great- granddaughter, Maddison Robinson; four brothers: Robert, Stan, Paul and Dale; four sisters: Esther, Edyth, Marjorie and Buelah and numerous sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
His Message to each of us today would be make your peace with God, put him first and you will be greatly blessed and someday you can walk the streets of gold with Him.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege, Nebraska from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

A memorial has established in Ernie's honor and will be designated at a later date.

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The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.

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