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Columbia Missourian

Earl Chandler worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 40 years

By Chanelle Koehn
July 9, 2013 | 7:48 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Earl Lane Chandler of Columbia died Tuesday, July 9, 2013. He was 77.

Mr. Chandler was born Oct. 7, 1935. 

He married Margaret Ellen Tokheim on Nov. 6, 1954.

In his early life, Mr. Chandler served two years in the Army. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for almost 40 years, and spent several of those years carrying a regional paper route for the Columbia Daily Tribune.

Upon retirement from the postal service, Mr. Chandler went to work for Landmark Bank, doing courier duties and light maintenance. He recently retired from the bank after 19 years of service.

When Mr. Chandler was not working, he enjoyed doing yard work and spending time with family.

He was also a long-time member of Oakland Christian Church.

His friends and family remember him as an “unsung hero,” available to help in any situation without wanting any credit.

Mr. Chandler is survived by three sons, Steve Chandler and his wife, Trish, Russ Chandler and his wife, Linda, of Columbia, and Dale Chandler and his wife, Suzie, of Choctaw, Okla.; a brother, Wayne Chandler of Middletown; seven grandchildren, Ben and his wife, Laura, of Columbia, Stephanie, Brad, Matt and his wife, Courtney, Will, Ashley and Linsdey; and three great-grandchildren, Taya, Pierce and Maci..

His wife, Margaret Chandler, died earlier.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oakland Christian Church, 2929 E. Oakland Church Road, with the Rev. Greg Robinson officiating. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Fairmount Cemetery in Middletown.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Oakland Christian Church Memorial Fund, 2929 E. Oakland Church Road, Columbia, MO 65202.

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