Charles Chandler

March 13, 1939 ‒ September 27, 2016

Galena, Ohio

Charles Chandler, age 77, of Galena Ohio, passed away at his home with his loved ones at his side.

He was born in Beaver, Ohio, March 13, 1939, to the late Perry and Maud Chandler, and moved his family to the Galena community in 1962.

Charles and his wife Dorothy were married for 50 years. During that time, they not only raised their own three children, but were also foster parents to more than 30 foster children for a period that spanned more than eight years

Charles served his Country in the U.S. Navy.  He retired from Timken Roller Bearing Company.  He gave back to his community in innumerable ways.  He worked as a firefighter with the Galena Fire Department.  He helped to form the original police department in Galena.  Later, he became Chief and remained so for many years.  He served the Sunbury community as a police officer and retired from the department after 19 years.  He and one of his brothers helped to found the Delaware County Drug Task Force.  It is now one of the premier drug task forces in the State of Ohio.

He enjoyed wildlife.  He fed everything from his backyard.  He fed the birds and the squirrels.  He fed the deer and whatever else might wander through.

He loved his neighbors.  He loved to talk.  He loved to talk.  He wanted to make sure you knew exactly what he was saying.

He was larger than life.

That was Charlie.

He is survived by his daughters Barbara Lesieur of Sunbury, and Linda (Larry) Channell of Waldo, Grandchildren: Charlene, Amanda, Randy (Chasity) and Amy (Justin): Great-Grandchildren, Christina, Dominic, Emily, Avanelle, Corbin, and Hadrian: Brothers: Darrell, Donald (Lee), Carl (Janette), James (Bonnie), Steven (Cindy): Sisters, JoAnn, Judy (Andy), Kathy, many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his wife Dorothy, son Danny, granddaughter Nicole Renee, and great-granddaughter Abigail Rose.

Friends and family may call on the family on Sunday, October 2, 2016 from 2-6 PM at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 North State Route 61, Sunbury 43074.  Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11:00 AM at the Galena United Methodist Church, 2777 Sunbury Rd, Galena, OH 43021. Burial with full military honors provided by the Delaware County Veteran’s Association will follow in Galena Cemetery.  A luncheon will be held at the church after the committal service.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Galena United Methodist Church, UMW.

Condolences may be expressed at

  • Charlie, I’m going to miss you. You were one of a kind. I really enjoyed your cars and talking to you. I considered you a personal friend.

  • May God bless all of the family at this time and always. We loved Charlie and our deepest sympathy goes out to all the family. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Dave & Heather Adams
    Neighbor & friends
    Galena, OH

  • My thoughts are with all of Charles’ family as they grieve for their loved one. Charles was my first cousin (his father and my mother were brothers and sisters). We were both born in Beaver, OH up a dirt road called Buckhollar. Luckily, we both ended up in the Columbus area. “Rest in Peace” Charles!

  • Fly High Superman, you will be missed.
    Thoughts and Prayers with the Family
    Love you Best Godfather anyone could ask for…
    RIP. 💝📿🎃🕯😇

  • Charlie was definitely one of a kind . We had many long conversations with him . A very kind and generous man . He liked telling our children stories of days gone by . You will really be missed Charlie .Galena will never be the same .
    Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family and friends .Fly high Charlie

    Friends and neighbors for 22 years ,
    Tom,Debbie Barrett , and children

  • Barb and family…
    You know just how we feel about Charlie .
    His stories will always be remembered.
    His love for wildlife was amazing.
    He is now with my best friend Dorothy and Danny.
    He will watch over all of you as he always has.
    Love and prayers
    Odis and Diana

  • I send my prayers to Charles family I have known him ever since I can remember the one big story I remember from Charlie or lecture loll was I was going to drop out of school and so I went and got in my car and he pulled up behind me and talked to me what seemed to be for hours but it wasn’t it was for 45 min. And Charlie asked me what do I like and i said football and Charlie made me see the big picture thank you Charles for everything. R.I.p.
    From the Hurst family Shawn,Andrea,Alex,mike,Charlie,addie, devin

  • Dear Charlie Chandler: You were a loud voice to be heard with a bigger heart! Your strong faith in the Lord made you the man you were an you will be missed by many! God bless your family at this difficult time!
    Love & Prayers

  • Charlie will be missed. He played such a positive influence in many people’s lives. I would go by his house in early mornings for work. I would get an early morning chuckle when I would have to stop for deer telling myself yep they are going to Charlie’s! My condolences to the family

  • CHARLES, Thank you for all you and Dorothy ever did for all our family, you truly were our second parents. So many, many memories. Love you bunches!

  • I met Charlie when I was very young through my Grandma. He was my role model when he served as a police officer for the village of Sunbury. Some of my most memorable times in my life was doing ride along’s with him. I will always remember you Charlie. Thank you for everything.

  • I had the honor and pleasure of working with Charlie at the Sunbury Police Department. I still laugh and re-tell a story often that he told me about his time in Antarctica while in the Navy. He was a good man and had a large influence on my life and career. Rest easy my friend, we have the watch.

  • Charlie Chandler was my role model at the Sunbury PD. Charlie was THE guy to ask if you wanted to know anything about Galenna or Sunbury. He knew everyone. He never met a stranger. I will really miss him. He knew everything about some things and a little bit about everything. Charlie would pull a coin out of his pocket that was worth more than my car and tell me everything about that particular coin. He would bring a sack of coins by and we would sort through them for an hour. I loved his car. Carry on Chief Chandler, we will take the load from here.

  • Barb and family,

    We are so very sorry for the loss of your dad! He was an amazing man who I loved talking too! He will be missed tremendously! Please know we are thinking about you even if we aren’t there!

    Ted & Laura Stimmel

  • Charlie will be missed by all. He never met a stranger and was a Friend and Mentor to so many of us. RIP Charlie till we meet on the other side

  • Sending hugs and prayers. May your faith give you comfort God gave us memories so our love ones are always with us.

  • Steve, Cindy, Stacy & Family,

    Prayers & thoughts are with you & your family. Sorry for your loss.

    Love you.

    Rick, Debi & Todd

  • You were a big, big man in stature and character. You were a role model and mentor for many officers over the years from both the communities of Galena, and Sunbury.
    I am proud to have followed in your footsteps as the final Chief of Police for galena. The advice that you gave me was invaluable.
    One of my proudest days as an officer , was the day that I escorted Dan’s funeral. It was truly an honor that I will never forget.
    I deeply regret that I will not be escorting you my friend, although I will be along side of you.
    You always had our backs , standing beside us or watching over us from a short distance away, we knew you were there.
    God bless you and your family big man.
    I’ll 17 with you soon brother. we’ve got this for now.

  • Paryers for all of Charles’ family. I am sure he will be missed by many friends and relatives. He was a very remarkable person, he accomplished so much in life. His father (Perry) and my mother (Neva) were brother and sister. I had the priveledge of talking to Charles and sharing memories of our grandparents several times. Wish we could have had more.

    Love and prayers to his family,

    Rebecca Jean Daniels Caniff

  • Charles Chandler United States Navy.”Fair winds and following seas”.
    Galena Fire/ Chief of Police Galena P.D.
    Retired Sunbury P.D.
    And Helped in forming The Delaware County,Drug Task Force.

    God Bless and Thank YOU, Charles for your service, Semper Fortis… RIP … And Semper Fi……… “Sailor rest your oar”

  • All of our love and prayers are with all the family in your loss of “one of a kind” Charlie. Many years and many memories of kindness and conversation will be everlasting in our hearts. We were more than just neighbors, our families were intertwined through our “special” children that God gives to “special” people like the Chandler family.

    Love and hugs,
    Helen Stone, the Hale Family & Terrie Bradley

  • To the family and friends I am sorry about your great loss, my deepest condolences goes out to you all. May you find comfort and strength in the days to come. 1 Corth 1:3-4

  • Dear Barbara & Family so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was very nice. He will be missed.

  • For Barb and Linda I’m so sorry for your loss. The stories he would tell every time we walked by his house will stay with us our life time. He told my children about different guns he has because they were big into guns too. Neighbors for 29 years here in Galena so we seen him a bunch and know he will be missed.

  • Sorry for your loss. I would like to share Jesus promise of John 5:28,29 “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.”

  • What a loss,Charlie was such a good man an awesome mentor all so many stories he told I always listen to them over and over again all I could go on and on I will miss you Charlie.

  • We are very sorry for your families loss. Charlie was an amazing man & mentor to many. He impacted many lives, everyone that had contact with Charlie was never the same.
    Jason knew Charlie much longer than I. After working with him I felt like I knew him much longer. We have a great respect for him and great memories. He was larger than life. I enjoyed working with him, listening to his stories, and love for wild life. Charlie never treated me any differently, I was just one of guys, he never sugar coated anything, :).
    He always thought of others first. Always remembered all of the officers and their children at Christmas, giving everyone the current years coins, individually wrapped. Always there to lend a hand, cover a shift, and never complaining.
    God bless your family. And thank you for sharing such a wonderful man.

    Jason & Michelle Jeffers, and family