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Herbert W. Chandler


1922 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
April 10, 1922 July 25, 2014

Born to Bryan and Jean Chandler on April 10, 1922, Herbert W. Chandler passed away peacefully on Friday, July 25, at the home of his son, Michael and wife Randi, surrounded by family.

Herb was many things to many people, but mostly a caring man who touched many hearts and minds. He was born in Woodland somewhere around Pendegast and Sixth Street because Grandma Jean could not make it to the hospital and needed help. Surviving his entry into the world, Herb attended Woodland schools and graduated from Woodland High School. He entered the National Guard, 184th Infantry, at an early age and by 1943 was sent off to the Alaskan Aleutian Islands where he fought in what was to become known as the Forgotten War. From there, Sergeant Chandler and the 184th were shipped to Kwajalein, Leyte, and finally Okinawa. At the end of the war, Herb returned home, met, and married Iona McCarty. He also began working for Yolo County as an inspector with the Agricultural Department. Eventually Herb became Director of Agriculture and Sealer of Weights and Measures for the County. It was during his tenure as Director that he developed a passion for old scales and balances, becoming one of the nation's most respected collectors of antique balances and scales. As a side note to his agriculture and collecting work, Herb was also actively involved in Yolo County emergency services. Starting in the early 1960's, the Ag Department, under Herb's leadership, operated the county's Heavy Rescue unit and provided water tanker support to nearly all Yolo County fire agencies. He was also a member of Woodland Rotary (the original Rotary Club of Woodland), Elks, and the American Legion Post 77. Most important, however, was Herb's assignment as patriarch of the Chandler family, loving husband to Iona, father and friend to sons, Mike and Jeff, mentor and grandfather to Bonnie and Collin.

Herb was preceded in death by his mother, Jean; father, Bryanl sister, Billie; his loving wife Iona, and son Jeff. He is survived by his son, Michael Chandler and wife Randi; granddaughter, Bonnie Christen and husband Josh, and grandson, Collin Chandler; step-grandchildren, Josh Hilliard and Lacey, Jenna Hilliard Green, and Jaimi Hilliard; great-grandson, Chandler Christen, and step-great grandchildren, Ryanne and Connor Green; niece, Donna Barrus, husband Jerry and children, Caleb and Kaydi; niece, Debbie Casey and daughter Casey; not to mention his unofficially adopted daughter, Julie Olson and husband Ray, and Julie's children, Scott Price and Mindy Price Holdway and husband Casey and their twins Kizzie and Johnny. Herb's extended family includes cousins from Oakland and San Diego, CA, as well as Oak Creek, Colorado. Herb also leaves behind many, many friends. We will all miss a courageous World War II veteran, caring, gentle, and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, cousin, and dear friend.

In-lieu-of flowers, those wishing to remember Herb can do so by donating, in his name, to the Woodland Healthcare Foundation, 1321 Cottonwood St., Suite 305, Woodland, 95695, 669-5680. The family is also planning a Celebration of Life at the home of Mike and Randi Chandler, Sunday, Aug. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. Please RSVP to a member of the family.
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Published in Daily Democrat from Aug. 3 to Aug. 5, 2014
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