Robert L. Chamberlain

November 24, 1932 ~ September 14, 2021 (age 88)


Robert Lee Chamberlain, 88 of Salida died at the Heart of the Rockies Medical Center on September 14th. Robert was born November 24, 1932 in Montrose, Colorado to Roy and Lena Chamberlain. He grew up in Paonia, Colorado, attended university in Gunnison and then Fort Collins (Colorado State), where he received a degree in mechanical engineering. Robert married Deane Middlebrooks in April 1958.

In his early career, Robert worked in California as an engineer for rocket engines on the Mercury program, the first human spaceflight program of the United States. After several jobs in aerospace, Robert and Deane returned to Colorado and lived in Littleton where they raised their children David and Deanne. After retirement, the couple moved to Salida - they were happy residents of this outdoors community in the “Heart of the Rockies”.

In Salida, Robert enjoyed fishing and was part of Trout Unlimited, while Deane was part of the artist community. He started to learn square dance with the Mavericks in his 80s. Robert valued volunteering with Farm-to-Table and the Bus Stop Boutique non-profit for Sunset home.

Robert was a car enthusiast throughout his life. In his younger years he drove his MG convertible all over the beautiful state of Colorado and beyond. When he became a parent, he exchanged this British jewel for a more practical car to fit his growing family.

Robert enjoyed attending car races and in his later life he regularly tuned in on IndyCar Series events on his TV. Robert is survived by his son David Chamberlain, daughter Deanne Sander, son-in-law Juergen, brother Charles and wife Marsha, and nieces and nephews.

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