Howard Chandler died peacefully in his sleep on November 22 at the age of 94. He was born to Ezekiel and Rachel Chandler and was raised in Greeneville, Tennessee. He was the last surviving member of 11 siblings. He enlisted in the Army in 1937, served several years in Panama, and then returned home to Tennessee. When WWII started, he was inducted back into the Army. He went to Officers' Candidate School and then served in the Pacific theater including Hawaii and Guam. He met and married Gladys Swenson while stationed in Hawaii. When the war ended, they bought a dairy farm near Manteca and in 1955; he moved the dairy to the outskirts of Turlock. He was a member of the Hilmar Covenant Church. In his earlier days he was a hiker and also hunted in the Sierras and Coast Range mountains. He enjoyed music, loved to sing bass with the family, and later sang with the senior singers.
Howard was preceded in death by his wife Gladys. He is survived by his long-time friend and companion, Irene Brown; his children Patrice Ehrlich (Ronald), Virginia Sutherst (Christopher), Kenneth Chandler (Carlene), and Janet Place (Charles). He is also survived by grandchildren Katrina Sells (Jeffery), Andrew Ehrlich, Jason Chandler (Nicolle), Brett Chandler (Shannon), Steven Place (Ashley), and Matthew Place (Samantha), along with three great granddaughters, Elaine, Ava and Claire Chandler.
A graveside service took place on Friday, December 2nd at 2:00 PM at Lakewood Memorial Park, 900 Santa Fe Ave., Hughson, CA.
Saturday, December 3, 2011