BROADLANDS – Robert D. Chandler 86, of Broadlands passed away on Thursday (March 4, 2021) with family by his side.
Bob was born on December 11, 1934 to Ralph L. (Red) and Marie (Murphy) Chandler at home in rural Hume, IL. He married the love of his life Marlene A. Franzen on October 5, 1958 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Royal. She preceded him in death, after 57 years of marriage, on November 1, 2015.
Surviving Bob are his sons, Brian (Jamie) of Tolono, and Brent (Shelley) of Gilbert, AZ.; four beloved granddaughters, Hannah Chandler-Cooley (Kate) of Sacramento, CA., Alyssa Chandler of Gilbert, AZ., Calli and Cadence Chandler of Tolono; sisters-in- law Marsha Goldenstein of Savoy and Myrna (Gary) Craig of St. Joseph; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marlene; his sister Jeanne Nasados; brothers-in-law, John Goldenstein, Joe Nasados, and Charles Reeves.
As a child, Bob attended schools at Brocton, Hume, Palermo, and Maple Grove before his family settled in Allerton. Bob graduated from Allerton High School in 1952. He then entered the US Army Reserves and later the US Army from 1957-1963, where he proudly served his country.
Bob had a lifelong career in the local agriculture field. He started with Allerton Implement Company in 1950 and was instrumental in starting John Deere’s first Service Center in the nation located in Ogden. In 1973 he partnered with Ernie Mohr and family and managed Mohr Inc. in Danville. In 1991 Bob sold his shares of the company to the Mohr family and moved into the Assistant Manager position in Allerton. After being dismissed from the company, Bob was welcomed into the family at Birkey’s in Oakland. Bob greatly enjoyed finishing his career at Birkey’s, fully retiring in 2011 because of health issues.
Bob was very committed to supporting his community and church. As a member of the Allerton Lions Club, Allerton Fire Department, Allerton Village Board, and the Broadlands Community Club, Bob helped organize and hold many community events. With his love of sports, Bob played and managed the Allerton Deere’s basketball team and coached many years of Allerton Little League. Bob was a long-time member of the Allerton Methodist Church serving in many capacities and as a board member.
Bob’s commitment to his marriage and family was an example for all to follow. His four granddaughters were his pride and joy and he always made time to be with them and attend their school and extracurricular activities. Throughout their 57 years of marriage, Bob and Marlene simply loved to be together and enjoyed traveling, visiting all 50 states and other countries throughout the world.
Bob was an avid Illini, St Louis Cardinals, and Chicago Bears fan, having season tickets to Illini Football and Basketball games for years. He enjoyed traveling with family and friends to many sporting events throughout the years.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at Freese Funeral Home, Sidney. A private family service will be held with Pastor Clyde Snyder officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Broadlands.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Allerton United Methodist Church or any charity of the donor’s choice.
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