James Champlin

Passed away on March 30, 2012

James Champlin, of Milford, passed away on Friday, March 30, 2012 at the A.O. Fox Hospital at the age of 91.

James was born on February 10, 1921 in Oneonta, the son of the late Raymond D. and Mildred (Wilder) Champlin. He married Barbara Loope on February 9, 1946 and she predeceased him on April 14, 2010.

James was a mechanic for the ECD Bendix Company in Sidney. He served his country in the US Navy during WW II.

James enjoyed living on Arnolds Lake, where he was a member of the lake association.

James is survived by his daughters, Terry Church and Pat Stilson; three grandchildren, Eric Champlin, Karen Church and Joshua Stilson and a great grandson, Connor, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

James was predeceased by his parents, his wife, his son, James W. Champlin, Jr. and a sister, Dorothy McAllister.

The family will gather at the Memorial Rock at a future time for remembrance. There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions in James name may be made to the Milford Emergency Squad, Milford, NY 13807.

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


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Christopher Clarke

September 3, 2012

I apologize for contacting you this way but I am looking for a James Champlin that flew with my father in the RCAF during WWII. Your Mr. Champlin is of approximately the same age and he also transferred to the US Navy in November 1942.

Please accept my condolences on your loss.

If you wish to contact me I can be reached at my email address

Mike Schallert

April 13, 2012

Mr. Champlin was a great guy and loved the outdoors!

Bruce & Joyce Shultis

April 6, 2012

Dear Terry and Patty, So sorry to hear of Jim,s passing. Please let us know when the family will gather. We know he is with Bobby now.
Sincerely we send our condolences.

Bruce and Joyce

Karen Church

April 4, 2012

Gramp will be remembered the most for his love of the outdoors. As a child, I remember he and gram walking over to the Lake each morning with their dog (Ben and/or Neb) just to get that daily exercise in. The Lake was where he loved and felt at peace the most, and was a long time member of the Lake Association along with the Summer Annual Sailboat and Canoe races. In the Winter, gramp would take us for snowmobile rides throughout the region where he lived, and we would always make a 'pit' stop at the Lake to grill hotdogs and ice fish. He enjoyed home with his wife (gram) and loved her cooking, but each night after dinner, while gram was sitting at the table either reading and/or writing to friends or family, gramp would sit in his chair, spoon in hand, eating around the edges of the half gallon of ice cream. He was a man with pride and a man of strength! Now, he can sit on a dock in front of a Lake in Heaven watching the Loon take its' morning bath in the sunrise! -Karen-

Karen Church

April 4, 2012

Gramp lived a long healthy life especially in the realms of outdoor activity. I remember being a child and he and gram would walk back and forth to the Lake each day, just for that exercise and they would always have their dog (Ben and later on Neb) walking with them. Gramp loved the Lake, and felt at home with peace the most there. The canoe and sailboat races he was active with each Summer, along with the Lake Association. He had a lot of pride, and held his head high! Along with the outdoor, he enjoyed gram's cooking, and always had the 'nibblies' before dinner, and at night, he would sit in his chair, watching TV, while gram was at the table reading and/or writing her family and friends, but he always had that ice cream in hand! (one spoon and would drag the edges of the half gallon, so as not to eat so much of it). Gramp, there are a lot of memories, including when we would go snowmobiling as a child and go down in the back pasture for you to harvest the bee's hives. You would make sure us grand kids would stay back far enough, so as not to get stung! I know now, you are probably sitting on a dock in front of a Lake somewhere in Heaven watching the Loon bathing in the morning sunrise!! RIP Gramp -Karen-

Beth Collier

April 4, 2012

Mr. Champlin was one of the nicest gentlman I ever knew. My family has many memories of his family at Arnold Lake. I am so sorry for your loss.