EARL HOWELL CHANDLER, 88
LAKELAND - Earl Howell Chandler, 88, died from complications of kidney failure on Nov. 1st, 2013, at LRMC.
Born April 25th, 1925 to Fred C. Chandler (1884-1964) and Eva Eugenia Bryant Chandler (1890-1938), Earl spent most of his childhood on Tampa Bay and moved to Lakeland where his mother died when he was thirteen and his older sister, Margaret Eva, was fifteen. Earl was active in boy scouts, became an eagle scout and first-string quarterback for Lakeland High School in his junior & senior year, and joined the Navy in 1944. He was wounded in kamikaze attacks on the U.S.S. Ticonderoga while pushing aircraft overboard that were loaded with fuel and bombs, lined-up on the flight deck for take-off.
For rehab he was assigned to the Great Lakes Naval Air Station and soon met his future wife, Rosella (1924-1995). Plans to become a wetlands conservationist were scuttled by his war injury and he became an electrical engineer involved in designing/testing inertial guidance systems for NASA's Apollo Lunar Command Module.
Earl is survived by his son. Jeffrey of Madison and his niece Gwin Atkins Hager and daughters Patricia Hager Logue and Monica Hager Pozowicz, plus his niece Anne Mooney of Chicago. In Lakeland he is survived by his very favorite cousin Jeanne Hill and husband Jim Hill.
Interment/ memorial service is planned at Roselawn of Lakeland in March and memorials in lieu of flowers can be sent to Paralyzed Veterans of America or Wounded Warriors with heartfelt appreciation.