PLYMOUTH, Ind. - Visitation services for Sheriff Tom G. Chamberlin were held Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home in Plymouth.
The funeral service will take place Thursday, Sept. 3, at 11 a.m. at Plymouth Wesleyan Church.
Chamberlin will be laid to rest at New Oakhill Cemetery.
People may pay tribute to Chamberlin and his family as a police escorted procession heads south along Michigan Street Thursday at 9:15 am.
Folks in Plymouth honored the man who spent his life as a public servant.
Jim Standley, a Plymouth resident, says, "I can't think of a guy for a better sheriff than he was... Great guy, great person, just downright good guy."
"He was just that type of guy... He would do anything for anybody... He was super. His family was really blessed with a great guy," Paula Stewart, a Plymouth resident, adds.
After an extensive battle with cancer, Sheriff Thomas G. Chamberlin passed away at his home Friday, August 28.
The evening before, family and community members gathered for a "501 Strong" vigil in support of the long-time county leader. The numbers were on the sheriff's vehicle. 50 is for Marshall County and 1 means the sheriff.
"We want the family to know, that even though we may not know them personally, that we stand behind them, we are praying for them," says Stefanie Pippenger, a Plymouth resident.
Chamberlin was diagnosed with the disease in November.
His family says around two weeks ago, Chamberlin opted to end chemotherapy.
Governor Mike Pence made the following statement once he learned of Chamberlin's passing:
“Karen and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Marshall County Sheriff Tom Chamberlin. Sheriff Chamberlin was a dedicated public servant with more 25 years of service to his community, and his record will stand as a lasting legacy in Marshall County.
“On behalf of all Hoosiers, I would like to offer our sincere condolences to Lea Ann and the entire family of Sheriff Tom Chamberlin.”
Chamberlin's family is asking that any money or food donations be given to Bread of Life Food Pantry at 125 E. LaPorte St. in Plymouth; or The Center for Hospice Care at 112 S. Center St., also in Plymouth.