Chamberlain, O. Jesse Jr. passed away on Friday, May 14th at the age of 100. Born in Urbana, Ohio on March 30, 1921 to parents Oliver Jesse Sr. and Carrie Hunter Chamberlain. Jesse was a lifelong Ohio resident. He graduated from North Lewisburg (Triad) High School and attended Antioch College until drafted in the U.S. Army. As a medic in the army, Jesse saw action at Normandy during D-Day plus 3 and the battle of the Bulge. For his service to the country of France, Jess was awarded the French Legion of Honor.
After his discharge from the Army, Jess worked in the family feed business before becoming a banker in Cedarville and later moved to Tipp City. For nearly his entire career, Jess worked in banking in Tipp City and he retired from Fifth-Third Bank. Upon retiring from banking, Jess began a second career as development officer for Wenco Steel.
Jess was committed to his hometown and for over 50 years served in many capacities in a variety of volunteer and elected offices: City Council, Tipp City Foundation, Rotary, United Way, and the Tipp United Methodist Church.
Jess is predeceased by his first wife Elizabeth Jane (nee Roberts), second wife Rosalyn (nee Lockridge), brother Thomas Chamberlain, sister Mary Flanagan, and daughter Carol Chamberlain.
Jess is survived by his loving companion Jeannette Long and three children from his first marriage: Lauren Czehut (Donald), Janet Chamberlain (Larry Twigg) and Oliver Jesse Chamberlain III (Mary). Jess is also survived by children of his second wife Rosalyn: Heidi Lockridge (Melvin) and Barbara Greenberg. Additionally, Jess has nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, May 23rd from 2:00 pm until 4:00pm at Frings and Bayliff Funeral Home, 327 West Main, Tipp City. Visiting hours will also be held on Monday, May24th at 10:30 am until 11:30 am at the Tipp City United Methodist Church, 8 West Main Street, Tipp City. On Monday, immediately following visitation, there will be a church service commencing at 11:30am followed by graveside ceremonies. Pastor Bonita Ritchie officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jesse’s memory to the Tipp City Foundation, PO Box 626, Tipp City, OH 45371, phone 937-528-2482; or to a charity of your choice.
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Tipp City Foundation
PO Box 626, Tipp City OH 45371