Thomas Chamblin

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Thomas W. Chamblin, 93, of Belleville, IL, born September 18, 1925, in Mount Vernon, New York, died Saturday, December 8, 2018, at Mercy Rehab and Care Center, Swansea, IL.

Tom was a World War II and Korean War veteran serving in the Army from 1945 to 1952.  He was fortunate enough to go on an Honor Flight Mission when he was 90 years old. He retired in 1988 from the Defense Mapping Agency in St. Louis, MO, where he was a cartographer.  Tom worked on the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo Space Mission maps during his career.  He was a scoutmaster of Troop 42, Wood Badge trained, and member of the Order of the Arrow. Tom was an avid reader and master of genealogy, researching his family tree. He also enjoyed gardening and the wonders of nature.  He traveled to many countries, most recently to London and Paris while in his 90’s.  He was a member of NARFE and the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Mary Lou Chamblin, whom he married on July 2, 1949, and who died on December 2, 2000; his parents, Robert J. and Ellen E., nee Evelly, Chamblin; three brothers, Robert, Robert Jr. and George Chamblin; two sisters, Frances N.S. Chamblin and Mary Catherine (John R.) Sprague; a grandson, Lance Corporal Matthew M. Clark (Iraq); his second wife, Melanie Chamblin, nee McMahon; and a step-son, Matthew Kysor.

He is survived by two sons, Thomas “Mac” (Janise) Chamblin of Belleville, IL, and Todd (Jean) Chamblin of Granite City, IL;
two daughters, Lee (Craig) Hundelt of Weldon Spring, MO, and Lynn (Andy) Russo of St. Cloud, FL;
six grandchildren, Theresa, Brandon, Layne, Daniel (Amanda), Christopher (fiancée Mattie), and Ryan;
four great-grandchildren, Logan, Mason, Charlotte, and Lucy;
a sister, Ann Chamblin, CSJ, of St. Louis, MO;
his step-children, Mark Kysor, Michael (Kathy) Kysor, Michele (Duane) Raebel, and Marla (Katy) Kysor;
and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, December 10, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Kenneth York officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at Green Mount Protestant Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



10 Comments on Thomas Chamblin

Cindy Sullivan said : Guest Report Dec 16, 2018 at 3:24 AM

Dear Chamblin family, I have many fond memories of Tom since I have been a long time friend of his sister, S. Ann Chamblin, csj. He was very kind and a great support for Ann. Please know I hold you all in prayer as you share memories and celebrate his great life. Cindy Sullivan

  • Imperial
  • MO
Debi Peet McMullen said : Guest Report Dec 12, 2018 at 5:35 PM

To the Chamblin Family So sorry for your loss. I grew up on Memorial Dr in Belleville and used to play with Mac and Todd as a little girl, a very long time ago. Their parents were always very nice to me and my family. I went to school at St Augustine’s and would play in the neighborhood after school and the Chamblin home was as far as i was allowed to go because that was within yelling distance of hearing my parents calling me home for dinner. Lots of memories. Praying for all your family at this time. May God bless all of you and comfort you with loving, happy memories of your Dad, grandfather and brother. An old friend from childhood of long ago. Debi Peet McMullen

  • Louisa
  • KY
Karen Wisner said : Guest Report Dec 12, 2018 at 4:09 PM

Dear Lee, I am so sorry I did not see this in time to attend the service. I remember your dad fondly and will always recall him with a camera in his hand. He was such a gentleman. My thoughts ad prayers are with you.

  • St Peters
  • MO
Stacey Bohning said : Guest Report Dec 11, 2018 at 6:27 PM

Lee, I am so sorry to learn about the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Saint Peters
  • Missouri
Betty Kohl Bolt said : Guest Report Dec 11, 2018 at 4:12 PM

We are sorry that will be unable to attend the services for Tom WE have not had any contact in resent years, had many fond memory over more than 70 years. tTIhe last time I saw Tom at St John in Smithton.Love and prayers

  • smithton, Il
  • ill.
Sister Joan Filla, CSJ said : Guest Report Dec 11, 2018 at 2:21 PM

Tom brought much goodness to our planet. I mourn with you.

  • Ferguson
  • MO
Jack LeChien said : Guest Report Dec 10, 2018 at 5:20 PM

Nancy and I would like to express our sympathies to the Chamblin family, Mac recently told us of his efforts to find a different home for his dad. May he rest in peace, Jack Le Chien

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Gene Wiggins NARFE Chap. 1019 said : Guest Report Dec 09, 2018 at 8:35 PM

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Ben Brown at 618 624-8007. If unable to reach either one, you may call our alternate, Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Joie Lane said : Guest Report Dec 09, 2018 at 7:27 PM

Dear Lynn, Lee and Family, We were sorry to hear about your father's passing. And know this must be a very sad and difficult time for you and your family. You have our very deepest sympathy and prayers. We didn't know your father well. He seemed like such an amazing man. I know he will be deeply missed. Love Joie and Brian Lane

  • Orlando
  • Florida
Mary Sprague Langsdorf said : Guest Report Dec 09, 2018 at 4:43 PM

Dear Cousins, Uncle Tommy will never be forgotten because there are so many wonderful memories, photos and stories that shine through the sorrows we are all experiencing now. I like to think of him in the loving arms of his family and all those ancestors in heaven he researched so thoroughly and helped us to get to know. All of you are in my heart and my prayers. Love Cousin Mary

  • Wake Forest
  • NC

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