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Major Baker Chance

94, passed away on June 27, 2014, in Chula Vista, CA. He was born May 2, 1920, in Cold Spring, IN, and grew up in Indianapolis, IN. He graduated from Arsenal Technical High School. For 68 years he was the loving husband of Verla Ruth (Meyer) Chance.

Major was a WWII and Korean War veteran, retiring with a total of 34 years of Naval service (active and reserve) as a Master Chief Machinist Mate. He worked as an architectural draftsman for W.P. Fuller Glass Co., eventually starting his own glass company, Sacramento Metal and Glass, which he sold upon retirement. He was a talented musician who enjoyed playing the piano in his younger years, and was known for his intricate sketches of people and scenes.

He was an active member of St. Marks United Methodist Church in Sacramento, CA and he volunteered his time to many organizations including the Rotary, VFW, Salvation Army, Free Masons, Scottish Rite, the USS Idaho Assoc., and the Air Force Bomber Prisoner of War Assoc.

A much beloved and devoted family man, he leaves a huge void in the lives of family and friends. Besides his wife, he is survived by two children, Steven (Jayne) Chance of San Diego, and Carol (Stan) Silverberg of Arlington, VA, and three grandchildren, Jason and Jennifer Chance of San Diego, and Emily Silverberg of Alexandria, VA. He is also survived by nephews, Mel Chance, Nashville, IN and Wm. Major Chance, La Jolla, CA, and niece, Judy Bierman, of Geneva, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmet Wesley & Lula May Chance; a sister, Mildred Franklin; three brothers Horace, Earl and Wiant, and many friends along the way.

A memorial service with full military honors will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, July 14, 2014, at Miramar National Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Legacy Funeral and Cremation Care in La Mesa CA. Online condolences may be made at http://www.LegacyFuneralCare.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Major's memory may be made to the Salvation Army or the Alzheimers Assn.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on July 6, 2014
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