Mr. John T. Chandler, 79, of Lanark Village, changed his address to heaven Wednesday, May 30, 2018; having passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family.

John was many things to many people. He and his wife, JoEllen, resided in Lanark Village for the past 20 years, where he served the community as an on-call repairman, first responder and then fire chief of the St. James-Lanark Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a member of the Masonic Order Curfew Lodge #73 F&AM.

Mr. Chandler is survived by his wife of 60 years, JoEllen Chandler; daughters, Kathy Chandler, of Lanark Village, Laurie Swartzell, of Elkhart, Indiana, and Teresa Quinn of Tempe, Arizona; brothers: Jim Chandler, of Apache Junction, Arizona, and Gene Chandler of Elkhart, Indiana; sister, MaryAnn Chandler-Saskowsky, of Stuart; and five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded to heaven by his parents: Charles and Isabelle Chandler Sr. and eldest brother, Charles "Tooky" Chandler Jr.

A celebration of his life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, July 28 at St. James-Lanark Volunteer Fire Department. A second service will be held Saturday, Oct. 6 in Elkhart, Indiana; time and location to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Forbes Funeral and Cremation Services, Crawfordville. Please sign the online guestbook at