Jerry L. Chandler, 76, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 at his home in Elk Grove. He had battled a bone infection that resulted from a surgery performed in August of last year for an aneurism repair. His wife, Kim, and daughter, Rane Chandler, were right there by his side. He was born in Carthage, Mo., to Pete and Nola Chandler on Nov. 8, 1942. The family later moved to Chandler, Ariz., when he was in the seventh grade. He attended North Phoenix High School and lettered in basketball and cross-country for three years in a row before receiving his high school diploma in June of 1961.
In 1962, Jerry joined the US Navy and became a hospital corpsman. Among the 43 students in his class, he was only 1 of 9 students to survive through the Vietnam War. He was classified as a medic for the U.S. Marines and took pride in his service. After his discharge, he started attending classes at Arizona State University as a pre-med major for two years and made the freshman basketball team as a “walk on”.
In 1981, he went to work for Raley’s and was a dedicated employee until retiring in 2004. He helped open the Galt store and was the Assistant Store Director until he retired. During his years with Raley’s, he worked in many locations.
Jerry’s hobby was woodworking, and for years he made beautiful Christmas lawn decorations.
He married the love of his life, Nell Elaine Chandler (Kim) on Sept. 20, 1975. Together, they loved to travel and spent 15 of their later years visiting Hawaii and numerous countries. The two shared a loving marriage and had recently celebrated their 44th anniversary together.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Pete and Nola Chandler, brother Stacy Chandler, stepson Jeffrey Walker and son-in-law Daniel Davis.
Surviving him are his wife Kim of Elk Grove, brother Dick (Bevery) Chandler, daughter Rane Chandler Davis; sons, Phillip Todd (Tonja) Chandler and Aaron Chandler, all of whom reside in Phoenix, Ariz.; step-daughter Angela (Dean) Fuhs; stepson David Walker; grandsons, Luke Davis, Max and Jake Fuhs, and Anthony Walker; great grandson Anthony Walker Jr.; granddaughters, Danielle Delionbach of North Carolina, Jessica Davis of Elk Grove, Macy and Julianne Fuhs of Elk Grove, Presley and Kaylin Chandler of Phoenix, Ariz.; and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, as well as their children and grandchildren.
Jerry’s viewing and burial were held Oct. 1, with East Lawn, Sierra Hills handling the arrangements.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m., at St. Peters Lutheran Church. After the celebration, a reception in honor of Jerry will be held at the family home.