Chantry, Wendell, II
Completing an earthly lifetime of service to God, country, family and community, Wendell Chantry II was called home June 27, 2013 to join his friends in God's heavenly choir. Wendell was born to the late Wendell and Helen (Nabinger) Chantry. He enlisted in the Navy before graduating from Binghamton North High School in 1942. During World War II he served in combat on board the light cruiser USS Honolulu. Following the war, he worked for the D&H Railroad and married his sweetheart Dorothy Wilcox. In 1945 he was persuaded by a friend to apply to IBM. He retired from IBM after a 37 year career. During those years he also attended night classes at Broome Tech and earned an associate degree in 1972. As a lifelong Christian he was an active member of Conklin Avenue Baptist Church and Conklin Presbyterian Church and sang in their choirs. Wendell was predeceased by his parents, his brother David and his son Wendell Chantry III. He is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 68 years and four children Connie, Frank (Nancy), Lois (Carl) Larsen and Larry (Laurie). He also leaves his brothers John and Thomas Chantry, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Wendell enjoyed sports, playing golf, softball, camping with the family and completed the Marine Marathon when he was 60 years old. He served his community in many ways, working for the centralization of the Susquehanna Valley School district, active on the town of Conklin Planning Board, serving as town Justice of the Peace, being a member and leader of Boy Scouts, and was a longtime member and officer of the Conklin Kiwanis. During retirement, Wendell and Dorothy visited all but two of the United States, traveling full-time in their motor home.
A celebration of Wendell's life will be held Saturday, July 6, at 11:00 a.m. at Conklin Presbyterian Church. Calling hours will be at the church from 9:30 to 11 before the service. Dorothy and the family wish to express their sincere gratitude to the Good Shepherd Fairview family and nursing staff. In lieu of flowers, a gift in memory may be made to Good Shepherd Fairview's Living Care Fund or the Building Fund of Conklin Presbyterian Church. Online condolences may be expressed to the family www.savagefs.com.
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from July 2 to July 4, 2013