Arthur Durbin Chandler



Arthur Durbin Chandler Jr. passed away in his sleep Jan. 17, 2018, at the age of 89.

Services will be held at Flanner and Buchanan, Washington Park North, 2706 Kessler Blvd West Drive, Indianapolis IN 46228, January 22, 2018 with visitation at 10 am and memorial at 11 am.

He was married to Phyllis L Chandler for nearly 60 years, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his sister, Marianne Shields (Montgomery Shields) of Seymour, IN; his brother in-law Larry Davis (Nancy Davis), his children, Andrew D. Chandler (Mrs. Gwen Chandler) of Augusta, GA, Edward S. Chandler (Mrs Gail Chandler) of Carmel, IN, Sara S. Stevens ( Mark Stevens) of Ormond Beach, Florida, and Richard S. Chandler (Mrs. Sharon Chandler) of Speedway, IN; his grandchildren, Amanda K. Jeffares (Rev. Russell Jeffares), Kristen E. Toth (MAJ Kevin Toth), Meredith Chandler, Katelyn Walker (Charles Walker), Rachel Chandler, David O. Chandler (Mrs. Sarah Chandler), Jeremiah Stevens ( Mrs.Carrie Stevens), Emilee Bohannon (Brian Bohannon) Zachary Chandler and Megan Chandler; and his much loved 11 great grandchildren. Art is also survived by three nephews and two nieces.

Art was born in New Albany, IN to Arthur D. and Lora F. Chandler, of Seymour, IN. He lived in Jeffersonville, IN and moved to Seymour IN where he graduated high school. Art and his family were evacuated from Jeffersonville to Seymour in 1937 as a result of severe Ohio River flooding. Out of school for a week, he had a pass for free movies and snacks; he said he had a ball of fun! Art entered the US Navy in June, 1946 as an aerial weatherman, having served aboard the USS Saipan. He was discharged in February 1948. He received a BS in microbiology from Purdue and a MS from Butler University. He retired from Dow Chemical, human health research in 1990 where he did viral and mutagen research. He is a co-patent holder of the world’s first measles vaccine.

Art loved his family and is remembered for his great laughter and humor by his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed visiting all of his family and never met a person with which he could not strike up a conversation. Dad was happiest at home with mom, going to church, working in his yard, and splitting a meal with her at Arby’s. Dad also liked to buy a new car every three years. Art was a remarkable man who often cared more for others than seeking the emblisment of himself. Art was a subtle teacher to his children; teaching by example the virtues of life by example.

The family also expresses their gratitude to the staff of American Village, Washington Manor who provided care for dad during his later years; their kindness was exceptional.

His smile, his encouragement, his laugh, and his ever positive attitude added richly to all our lives. Would that we could live our lives to his high standard.

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