James Raymond Chamberlain

February 27, 1944May 15, 2020

James Raymond Chamberlain, 76 of Downs passed away at his home surrounded by family on Friday May 15, 2020. He was born February 27, 1944 in Peoria, IL to Robert W. and Margaret E. (Schroeder) Chamberlain. He married Linda Chamberlain July 21, 1963, in Bloomington, she preceded him in death. He is survived by his children Lauri Chamberlain, Robin Chamberlain, Kimberly Chamberlain, James (Elizabeth) Chamberlain II; grandchildren Brittany Brackney, James R. Chamberlain III, Jonathon Chamberlain, Max Chamberlain, Josh Chamberlain-Cornwell, Madison Chamberlain, Jack Chamberlain, Miles Chamberlain, and Magnolia Chamberlain; two great-grandchildren Brendyn and Parker Brackney; and siblings Marian (Bill) Phelps of Dunlap, Patricia (Jim) Goulden of Peoria, Kenneth (Pam) Chamberlain of East Peoria. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Robert A. Chamberlain. James worked in the Maintenance Department for District 87 until his retirement. His family will remember him as a great man, who could do no wrong. He was a hardworking, selfless man who loved his family. He liked to play the lottery, prospecting for gold, fishing, being outdoors, golf, motorcycles and dirt bikes. The family would like to thank Josh Chamberlain-Cornwell for taking such good care of his grandpa. Cremation rites have been accorded, East Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An entombment service will be held at a later date. Please go to to leave condolences, photos, or memories for the family.


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Richard Jumper

May 24, 2020

I had the privileage to serve on the Bloomington Districy 87 Board of Education from 1983 -1999. During that time I came in contact with Jim many times as I toured the buildings. As I was a retired telephone man Jim and I had many long talkes about telephany and the needs of the district. He and John Galbalto were some of the BEST employees we could have ever wished for. The world is a better place becasue of Jim Chamberlain and he will be truly missed! It was my pleasure to know you!

Ron Henderson

May 24, 2020

It's been several years since I have visited with Jim and Lyn. We used to ride dirt bikes together. The last ride was at Land Between the Lakes where he injured his knee(I believe). There was nothing he wouldn't do for his children or friends. They always had a kind and welcoming way with nearly everyone and were never judgemental about anyone. I wish I had kept up my friendship better in recent years. His children should feel warmed and proud to have had such loving and caring parents. I feel a striking loss in spite of the fact I had not seen them in quite some time. God Bless Jim and Lyn and their entire family.

Robert Kirk

May 21, 2020

I've worked with Jim since he hired out to district 87 in 1981. He replaced me as night leader at BHS in July 1982. He also worked with me for a period of time as night custodian at Washington elementary. We later worked for a period of time when I was a member of the maintenance dept. He also was a neighbor when I moved less that a block away from him in April of 1990. I considered he and his wife Lynn as friends. All who knew him, respected him. You are missed.


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