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Columbia Missourian

Earl Chandler enjoyed the simple life

By Caitlin Shogren
July 10, 2013 | 6:31 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — What Earl Chandler most enjoyed was peace and quiet.

"That was the great thing about dad," son Dale Chandler said. "He just enjoyed the simple life." 

Earl Lane Chandler died on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. He was 77.

Mr. Chandler was born Oct. 7, 1935.

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

Having worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 40 years and as a courier at Landmark Bank for 19 years, Mr. Chandler was seen as very reliable by coworkers. Stacy Newbold, Mr. Chandler's coworker at Landmark Bank, said he would go out of the way to do things for other people. 

"Earl never really wanted to stand out, but he was really well-liked and depended upon by everyone," said Linda Arnold, Landmark Bank senior vice president of human resources.

For fun, Mr. Chandler enjoyed trout fishing and mowing his lawn with his John Deere riding lawn mower.

"It was his idea of enjoyment," Dale Chandler said. "He just loved the outdoors." 

Trips to the Blue Haven Resort in Branson with his family allowed Mr. Chandler to further relish in the outdoors. On these trips, he could be found trout fishing right off the dock, Dale Chandler said.

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

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, 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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