John A. Hamblin

John A. Hamblin (62) lost his battle to cancer in the early hours of Tuesday, January 31, 2023. He died at his home with his husband of 27 years, Jim Chamberlain and their cats: Spot, Bill, Buttons, and Ms. Lady.  

John lived a full life where he worked for many years at Maritz; AT&T; and more recently for Home Depot before retiring. He was well respected and admired by his colleagues and was friends with many of them outside of work.  

John was a passionate runner and participated in a number of marathons throughout the United States representing St. Louis Frontrunners—where he served as their treasurer for a number of years. 

John was the youngest son of William and Frances Hamblin. John’s siblings include: Patricia Hamblin; Bill Hamblin (wife Pat); Rick Hamblin (wife Betty); Mary Hamblin-Johnston (husband John); Shelly Hamblin-Quick (husband Mike); Mike Hamblin (fiancé Rita Stonecipher). John was also the uncle of many, many nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews, and great-great nieces & nephews.  

John’s extended family included his father/mother in-law: Gary and Rose Mary Chamberlain. His brother/sister in-laws include: Patricia and LaDon Atkinson (children Lizabeth and Levi); Scott and Lisa Chamberlain; Greg and Molly Chamberlain (children Conner, Lexi, Carter, and Anna). 

A memorial service will take place on Saturday, March 4, 2023 @ 2:00 p.m., with the fellowship immediately following the service.

Lafayette Park United Methodist Church

2300 Lafayette Avenue

St. Louis, Missouri 63104


In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations in John’s memory be sent to: 

Lafayette Park United Methodist Church, 2300 Lafayette Ave, St. Louis, MO 63104

Humane Society of Missouri 

St. Louis Children’s Hospital


  1. Sarah Kopayz-Hartman on February 3, 2023 at 7:27 pm

    John was a wonderful friend and cherished running partner. He could light up a room with his infectious smile and laughter. We loved him dearly and will miss him always.

  2. Cindy Pillow on February 4, 2023 at 1:15 am

    John will be missed at Lafayette Park United Methodist Church He had an infectious smile, even if he was not feeling great. He was a faithful servant as an example of Christ in the world.

  3. Jennifer Kovar on February 4, 2023 at 8:32 am

    I have many memories of John being the first person to walk or run with each newcomer of St. Louis Frontrunners. He was genuinely welcoming and kind. He offered connection and kinship to so many of us.

  4. Jim Chamberlain on February 6, 2023 at 7:17 pm

    Godspeed my dear husband, Godspeed!

    You were my second husband but by far the best! You will be missed more than you will ever know. (But I am not going to lie, the house is so much cleaner and organized now. — Sorry! Just sayin’) 😉

  5. Christine Hamilton-Hall on February 6, 2023 at 7:46 pm

    I feel fortunate to have you as my friend. I am so proud of how stoic you have been throughout your medical battles. You are an inspiration. I am honored to have gotten to know you and have you share your impressive, heroic battle with the various facets of your cancer and your heart transplant. You are missed. Rest in peace.

  6. Linda Mercer on February 7, 2023 at 7:14 pm

    I met John while working at Maritz. He was a great friend and co-worker. We had a lot of fun together. He will be missed.

  7. Diana Steffens on February 7, 2023 at 7:22 pm

    I first met John at Maritz when he started working there..he was put in the cubicle right next to me. He became a great friend and I always teased him that he was the baby brother I never wanted which made him laugh. He was the kind of friend who was so easy to talk to because he listened and cared.. Such a fighter with the heart transplant and cancer. I will miss him terribly 😢

  8. Jim Chamberlain on February 23, 2023 at 1:22 am

    As John’s former husband, I have to admit that I will not miss his driving. At times he scared the bejesus out of me when I rode in the car with him. John was an aggressive go getter behind the wheel, but he got us where we needed to go really fast. So there you go! LOL! Actually, he probably should have drove for Lyft! Godspeed my dear husband! Godspeed indeed! (FYI… the cats send their regards.)

  9. Jeff Choate on February 27, 2023 at 12:53 pm

    With his life celebration of life this weekend I just want to take a moment to reflect. I met John almost 20 years ago at church. Along with a group of friends we all became very close. He was a very determined and enthusiastic person. He loved his friends and family and of course his ‘family’ of runners. I have never met such a fighter. We are all in awe of his optimism. You will be missed dear friend, rest in peace.

  10. Joe Nelson on February 28, 2023 at 2:12 pm

    I’m thankful John and I crossed paths at church over 20 years ago. We cemented a friendship through brunches, happy hours, trips and walks in Forest Park. A kind man with energy and determination. His sharp tongue with comments could make me laugh. He was a positive force in dealing with obstacles. Peace my friend.

  11. TERI CRANE (wife of Tibby Wyner) on March 2, 2023 at 7:37 pm

    John was the 1st person I met at the 40-year reunion weekend in 2019 with my wife Tibby Wyner.
    John and Jim were so much fun!

    They’re the Sweetest, Most Authentic people I’ve met in a very long time.

    Grateful to know them.

    John is not gone….. He is just away… RIP John Hamblin

  12. Scott and Chris Nieberg on March 3, 2023 at 5:56 am

    What a huge loss. Such a nice caring person. We were blessed to have him be a part of our lives. He is truly going to be missed.

  13. Marianne Baer on March 3, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    John, It was so fantastic getting to know you through the CHS Happy Hours. You were always there to help when we needed class help and BBQ tastings. You and Jim brought THE BEST appetizers to the CHS Holiday gathering!! I miss you already!

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