Robert George Chambers

Born: Mon., Dec. 31, 1923
Died: Mon., Apr. 28, 2014


Memorial Service

10:00 AM Sat., May 03, 2014
Location: Pendleton Round-Up Grounds


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Robert George ”Bob” Chambers was born December 31, 1923 in Portland, OR to George S and Robie N. (Cobb) Chambers.  He passed on April 28, 2014.

Many people knew Bob as a saddle maker and rodeo announcer. He got his first taste of rodeo in Sedro Wooley, WA.   With his father's consent, Bob entered the bull riding at the tender age of 15. He won third place money, and the long love affair with Rodeo began.  He served in the US Cavalry in Burma in World War II.  After he returned home he met and married Phyllis Lowman of Seattle, WA on September 10, 1946.  He competed in bull and bareback riding for 12 years. During that time he and Phyllis attended college in Montana.  They later settled in Pendleton where they raised 3 children Jim, Terri and Bob.  With the help of close friend Bryce Baker, Chambers announced his first rodeo in 1953.  1958 was his first year as a professional announcer beginning with the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show in Union, OR, where he remained for 36 years.  Bob was one of the charter members of the Cowboy Turtle Association which was the forerunner of the PRCA.  His career expanded, as he announced as many as 27 rodoes a year.  To reach all those events he covered 30,000 miles in his car sometimes 2,000 miles between rodeos.  He announced in Arizona, California, Utah, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and 3 provinces in Canada. Once the children were raised Bob thoroughly enjoyed traveling the rodeo circuit with Phyllis.  His pride and joy was being the voice of the Pendleton Round-Up for 23 years.  Announcing rodeos was a job he truly enjoyed but took very seriously.  Before he went to the ‘crow’s nest’ he jotted down notes to mention any and all winnings of the cowboys competing.  He usually had a bit of personal information on each one.  He once said "The announcer is selling the cowboy sport to the good folks who have been kind enough to buy tickets.  I like to feel that I have made a few more fans for pro rodeo at every performance.” When he wasn’t on the road announcing, he worked as a saddle maker first with Hamley’s and then with Severe Brothers Saddlery. Before retiring from announcing Bob was honored to have announced the National Finals twice and was inducted into the Pendleton Round-Up Hall of Fame in 1989.  For several years he was active guiding at the Round Up/Happy Canyon Hall of Fame.  He loved and enjoyed his family and friends.  He looked forward to watching bull riding and sharing rodeo stories with his good buddy, Vern Purcell.  He was proud of his community and calling Pendleton his home.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 57 years.

He is survived by sons Jim Chambers of Athena, OR and Bob (Vickie) Chambers of Pendleton, OR and daughter Terri (Rick) Whitmore of Meridian, ID

Grandchildren:  Jamie (Bret) Turner, Zane (Bonnie) Whitmore, Rhiannon (James) Albert, Kevin Whitmore, Amber (Stephen) Biljan,  Jenni (Jerrie) Martinez, Rachel (Nick) Nash and Jon (Janine) Chambers

Great Grandchildren: Katie, Josie,  Kyle and Lexie Turner,  Alyne and Syrah Albert,  Madelyne Picard, Nate and Zoey Martinez, Jordan, Jayci, Jarom and Javin Chambers

He is also survived by his special friend Marilyn Lieuallen.

And a special thank you to his care giver Tamara Pittman and her family.

SERVICE LOCATION HAS CHANGED.  Memorial Services will be held Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 10:00 AM at The Pendleton Round-Up Grounds.  A luncheon will follow at the Pendleton Eagles Lodge.

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