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James Chandler


1942 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
Chandler, James L. Age 72 years, of Cedar Grove, WI, passed away on May 1, 2014. He was born on January 10, 1942 to Robert and Sylvia (nee Sanderson) Chandler in Ypsilanti, MI and was raised in Ann Arbor, MI. Jim attended Ann Arbor High School and later Michigan State University where heearned hisundergraduate and graduate degrees from Michigan State University. Jim's journey with Scouting began in 1951, when he joined Cub Scout Pack #122 at Perry School in Ann Arbor, MI. In 1953, Jim joined Boy Scout Troop #2 at the Bethlehem Church, whereearned the coveted Eagle Scout Award.After graduate school and working for theBSA in summer camp,Jim accepted a position as Dean of Students at the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.In his spare time,he served as a Scoutmaster. He decided he might have a greater impactproviding positive influence duringa young person's earlier development, so, in February 1968, he gave up his Scout Troop, his volunteer and community work and his position with the university; and setto start a new career with the Boy Scouts of America.In over 40 years, Jim gave exceptional service in Chicago's north shore, Chicago, Madison, WI, and the National Council, living a life of Scouting serviceand community service. His service was so profound that he was honored with theDistinguished Eagle Scout Award. Jim was a member of the Boy Scouts of America Professional Staff, a career that spanned for 52 years. He was a member of the United Methodist Church. Jim is survived by his sister, Marilyn Grasso; brother, Rev. Thomas R. Chandler and half-sister, Cheryl Johnson. He is further survived by his nieces, Linda Grasso, Terri Hastings, Pamela Grasso, Deborah Grasso, Allison Graham; grandnephew, Jason Hastings; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. A Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel of West Bend with Rev. James Snodgrass presiding. Interment of ashes will be at Tecumseh Cemetery in MI. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Friday, May 9 from 10:00 a.m. until time of service (12:00 p.m.). In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Glacier's Edge Council Camp Endowment Fund (5846 Manufactures Dr., Madison, WI 53704), or Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation Endowment Fund (Northeast IL Council, 2745 Skokie Valley Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035), or Camp Munhacke Endowment Fund (Michigan Crossroads Council-Southern Shores FSC/Ann Arbor Service Center, 1665 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48104-4199), or Owasippe Scout Reservation Endowment Fund (Chicago Area Council, 1218 West Adams, Chicago, IL 60607). The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family (262)338-2050 / www.phillipfuneralhome.com.
Published in Chicago Sun-Times on May 6, 2014
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