DANVILLE – Craig Madden Chambers, 79, of Danville left us peacefully on Monday (Feb. 8, 2016) at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.
Per his wishes, an Irish Wake will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Turtle Run Banquet Center, 332 E. Liberty Lane, Danville.
Craig was born on May 24, 1936, in Monticello to Earl and Erma (Madden) Chambers. He was a graduate of the Rantoul High School Class of 1954 and also held bachelor's and master's degrees from Eastern Illinois University.
Craig later did his post-graduate work at the University of Illinois, Illinois State and the University of Michigan, London. Craig worked as a professor at Danville Area Community College for over 30 years after teaching in the Chicago area and locally in Georgetown, retiring in 1997. Before attaining his degrees he proudly served his country as a member of the Armed Forces in the Army.
Craig married Mary Hedrick in 1963 in Rantoul, and the two have shared over 52 years of adventure, laughter and wonder together.
Surviving are his wife, Mary; a daughter, Lydia "Lydie" (Christopher) Voorhees; two granddaughters, Elizabeth Kay and Catherine Anne Voorhees; four sisters, Alora Cope, Thelma (Marty) Martin, Dana (Brian) Hershey and Christina "Chris" (Jong-Joon) Chun; and several nieces and nephews and their children.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Winslow Cope.
Craig was a quiet person with a witty dry humor and a hint of the mischievous. He had strong family values which he applied to all areas of his life, including political views. He just wanted us as humans to work together for a better world. He enjoyed reading, was a world traveler and could never spend enough time with his two granddaughters.
He was a lifetime member of the PTA, Vermilion County Museum Society and Vermilion County War Museum. He proudly served two terms on the Vermilion County Board.
He was also a member of and active in Chi Gamma Iota, the Veterans Scholastic Honor Society, Rantoul Mason Lodge 470, Danville Scottish Rite, SUAA, The Danville Elks, the Golden K Kiwanis and St. James United Methodist Church. Craig enjoyed volunteering for many of these and other organizations.
Messages and memories may be left on our website at www.papefuneral.com, or on the Pape Family Funeral Home Facebook page.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made in two parts. Donations may be made in Craig's name to DACC SUAA Scholarship Fund, but most important to him is to take extra time with your family and friends and forever cherish the time you have together. Love, Laugh and Pray!