Russell Thomas “Tom” Chandler Jr., age 74, of Baker City died Sunday, May 19th, 2019 at his residence. A Graveside Memorial Service, with Military Honors, will be held on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City. Friends are invited to join the family for a potluck reception at the Baker Eagles Club following the service. (The main dish will be provided; side dishes will be appreciated.)
Tom was born on April 25, 1945 in Prairie City, Oregon to Russell and Margaret (Hendren) Chandler. He graduated from Baker High School in 1963. After high school, Tom served 4 years in the Marine Corps. On January 1, 1967 he married Maxine Cardwell in Morehead City, North Carolina.
Tom worked as a carpenter for 15 years. He was self-employed and also worked for Boise State University. He enjoyed elk hunting on China Creek with his sons and riding ATV on Sumpter trails and roads. He loved the outdoors and his mountains. He was a VFW Lifetime Member and a member of the Eagles Lodge.
Tom was proud to be a policeman for 6 years, working for the state police in Grants Pass, Oregon and city police in Ontario, Oregon and Baker City, Oregon. He was also proud to serve his country, having served in Vietnam, the Coast Guard in Astoria on the Yocona for 2 years, and the National Guard from October 1970 to October 1971. He was a drum major for Baker Elks Drum and Bugle Corps. He got his sons started in motorcycle racing, was president and Babe Ruth coach for little league, and coach for flag football. Some of his many accomplishments include being guide for the Cougar Washington Annual 4 Wheeling Ride, fireguard at Boundary Guard Station, and volunteer fireman for Baker City. He would always go out of his way to help people.
Survivors include his wife, Maxine Chandler of Baker City, Oregon; sons, Thomas Chandler of Baker City, Oregon and Robert Chandler of Augusta, Georgia; sisters-in-law, Karen Petersen of Baker City, Oregon; Lorna Allen and her husband Gordon of Absarokee, Montana; and Rhonda Hender and her husband Ron of Walla Walla, Washington. He is also survived by three grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Margaret Chandler; sister, Betty Scott; and brother, Jay Chandler.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Avenue, Baker City, Oregon 97814.