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Earl Lane Chandler, Oct. 7, 1935 — July 9, 2013

July 9, 2013 | 7:26 p.m. CDT

Earl Lane Chandler, 77, of Columbia passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

Services will be held at 10 am Saturday, July 13, at Oakland Christian Church with the Rev. Greg Robinson officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7pm Friday, July 12 at Parker Funeral Service. Graveside services will be at 2pm Saturday, July 13 at Fairmount Cemetery in Middletown, MO.

Earl Lane Chandler was born October 7, 1935.

He married Margaret Ellen Tokheim on November 6, 1954.

Earl was a veteran and served two years in the Army early in his life.

Earl worked for the US Postal Service for most of his career, retiring after almost 40 years of service. While employed by the postal service, he carried a regional paper route for the Columbia Daily Tribune for several years. After retirement, Earl went to work for Landmark Bank. He did courier duties and light maintenance. He retired from there just recently after 19 years of service.

Earl enjoyed working outside in the yard and spending time with his wife and family members. Earl was an "unsung hero" in that he was always available to help in any situation, quietly completing the task at hand and never wanting any credit. He was a long time member of Oakland Christian Church.

Survivors include: three sons, Steve Chandler and wife Trish of Columbia; Dale Chandler and wife Suzie of Choctaw, OK; Russ Chandler and wife Linda of Columbia; a brother, Wayne Chandler of Middletown, MO; seven grandchildren, Ben and his wife, Laura, Stephanie, Brad, Matt and his wife, Courtney, Will, Ashley, and Lindsey; three great grandchildren, Taya, Pierce, and Maci.

He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret Chandler.

Memorials may be given to the Oakland Christian Church Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be left for the family at