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Wes was born to Fred and Ruth Chandler in Everett, WA and graduated from the Everett School District. He went on to the University of Washington where he studied business. Wes served in World War II in the Navy and was a Lieutenant Commander who flew Corsairs, Hellcats and Bearcats off of the carriers USS Independence, Saratoga and Ranger, in the Pacific. He was very proud of his years of service and being able to serve his country. One of the Corsairs that Wes actually flew is on display at the Museum of Flight on Boeing Field. He went on to retire from the Navy spending many years after the war flying out of Sand Point in Seattle. During this time he also worked for West Coast Telephone, which later became GTE, and then Verizon. Wes's biggest things in life were his family, and his service time. He enjoyed his beach home out at Spee-bi-dah beach which became his permanent home in his later years. He also enjoyed his yearly trips to Mokihana of Kauai with his wife, Marian, and then when Marian died in 2005, with his daughter, Beth.
Oct. 28, 1924 - April 28, 2012
Wes was predeceased by his brother, Forrest Chandler; and sisters, Janet Best and Patsy Ruth Farris.
He leaves behind his daughters, Susan Louise (husband, Andy Aldrich), and Beth Chandler, all of Seattle; also his beloved grandchildren, Lauren and Annie Aldrich of Seattle, and New York; along with numerous nieces and nephews, and his 'beach family'. Caregiver, Linda Farrington, and also Harla Rae Johnson were instrumental in Wes's later years.
A memorial service will be planned at a later date when the weather warms up, out at Wes's beach home. Anyone who would like to be notified of the date is invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations may be made in Wes's name to Providence Hospice of Snohomish County.
Published in The Herald (Everett) on May 6, 2012