Randall L. “Randy” Chandler

June 10, 1944 ‒ September 09, 2014

Circleville, Ohio
Formerly of Marengo, Ohio

Randall L. “Randy” Chandler, 70, of Circleville and formerly of Marengo, died unexpectedly on Tuesday afternoon, September 9, 2014, following complications from a recent surgery.

Randy was born June 10, 1944, in Hilliard to the late Charles and Mary Chandler. He was class president of the first graduating class of Highland High School in 1963. Prior to Highland’s consolidation, he attended Chesterville and was a member of the football team.

In 1963, Randy enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he was an Ontos crewman. After the military, he continued to serve. Randy was a police officer with the Mount Gilead Police Department and a Morrow County Sherriff’s deputy. He was the assistant fire chief of the Big Walnut Joint Fire District and an EMT with Morrow County EMS. Randy retired as a machinist foreman with Norfolk Southern Railroad (formerly Conrail) in 2006 after 28 years of service.

Randy married the love of his life, Joyce (Rausch) Chandler on August 15, 1970. She preceded him in death unexpectedly on October 19, 1998. He remarried on August 4, 2002, to Judith (Petty) Chandler of Circleville. The couple often traveled the country with friends and loved nothing more than spending time with their 10 grandchildren.

An outdoorsman, Randy enjoyed hunting on his family’s land in Pike County and taking hunting trips with his nephew, Ronnie Hoffman. If there was a body of water nearby, chances are, Randy was fishing.

Randy was a member of the American Legion Post 710 in Marengo. A proud grandfather, after retirement he spent most of his time with his many grandchildren and enjoyed attending their plays and sporting events. He never met a stranger, and was known for his story telling.

He will be missed by his wife, Judy, her children and grandchildren; his four children: Charles “Cappy” Chandler of Cardington, Melissa (Jeremy) Shipman of Johnsville, Joanne “Joey” (Daniel) Chandler-Melograna of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Randy Scott Chandler of Jacksonville, Fla.; four grandchildren: Liam and Bryna Chandler, and Dakota and Skye Shipman; his brother, Leslie Chandler of Nevada; sister Nancy Whitt of Mount Gilead and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers: Gary and Daniel Chandler and sister Sally Hoffman.

His family will greet friends on Sunday from 2-6 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services honoring his life will also be held at Craven at 10 a.m. on Monday with Chaplain Dan Lambert officiating. Burial with military honors provided by VFW Post 8054 and AmVets Post 87 will follow in Marengo Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas, 66675 (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org).

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Randy’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • I am so sorry for your loss!! Your father was a great man!! If there is anything any of your family that needs ANYTHING please don’t hesitate to let me know!!

  • My condolences to you Cappy, Melissa and Joey. Randy I will miss you dearly. You were like a dad to me. I can never say thank you enough you will not be forgotten.

  • Judy and family, I was very sorry to hear this sad news! I will keep all of you in my prayers! With much love, Pam Frazier

  • I am so sorry, thought and prayers are with and the family. Randy was good to my sister and gave her flowers every week

  • I am so sorry to learn of Randy’s passing. All of the family is in my prayers tonight. He was a very special man. Hugs, Cherie

  • We were so sorry to learn of Randy’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time.

  • Joey, Melissa, and the rest of your family, my heart goes out to all of you. So sorry for your loss and you’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Cappy, Melissa and Joey my deepest sympathy and prayers are with you and your families at this difficult time. Randy you were a very good friend, the memories that we shared over the years will never be forgotten. Hugs Holly

  • Cappy, Melissa & Joey – So sorry to learn of your father’s passing. We want to extend our thoughts and prayers to the whole family. Your mother is my second cousin, your grandma Joanne is my first cousin. Joanne’s mother Dorothy and my father Robert were brother and sister.

  • Our prayers go out to all the families. I was saddened to hear of his passing(cousin of mine) and pray that God will bring you all peace and comfort during this most difficult time. I have fond memories of Randy when we were both younger and am so sorry he has passed on.

  • Uncle Randy was a big part of D.J.’s and Kayla’s growing up years. I think Kayla was 12 before she realized he was her uncle and not another grandpa. I have fond memories of both Uncle Randy and Aunt Joyce as far back as I can remember and feel honored to have known them and to have been loved by them. We love you all and will keep you in our prayers.

  • I met Randy through Judy and got to hear many of his stories. My condolences to all the family. You are in my prayers.