Chandler Ward

Chandler Ward, age 87 of Philip, SD, died January 8, 2009, at the Philip Nursing Home.

Services were held Monday, January 12, at the United Church in Philip, with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating.

Music was provided by Cynthia Finn, pianist, and Lyndy Ireland and Joyce Wheeler, vocalists.

Pallbearers were Eddie Snyder, Chuck Snyder, Ron Snyder, Rick Jamison, Don Fees and Kelly Fees.

Interment with military honors by the American Legion Post #173 of Philip was at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.

Chandler H. Ward was born May 26, 1921, in Philip, SD, the son of Chandler Hiram and Ethel (Hunt) Ward. He grew up in Haakon County and attended rural schools, prior to attending Philip High School. While in high school he ran track and excelled in the one mile run. After graduation in 1941, he attended South Dakota State College in Brookings.

On December 29, 1941, Chandler voluntarily entered the U.S. Navy. He served in the United States Navy a total of 19 years, three months, and 22 days. He served during WWII, Korea and seven tours in Vietnam.

He was united in marriage to Nerey Warner of Quinn in 1945, and to this union were born three daughters, Jolene, Candice and Sharon. In the mid-1950s, Chandler was united in marriage to Lillian.

After his military career, Chandler and Lillian lived in California, where Chandler worked as a Veterans Service Officer. He transported veterans to and from the VA Hospital. While in California, his wife Lillian preceded him in death.

In 2001, Chandler moved back to Philip, where he has since resided.

Chandler was a member of the Methodist Church and the Wheeler-Brooks American Legion Post #173, both of Philip. He enjoyed hunting, and well past the age of 80, you could find Chandler walking and running for exercise, around the town of Philip.

Survivors include his three daughters Jolene Ward of Alturas, CA, Candice Courtney and her husband, Pat, of Apple Gate, OR, and Sharon Lynch of California; one sister, Ann Fees and her husband, Cliff, of Philip; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Chandler was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian; his parents; and one sister, Jean Snyder.

A memorial has been established. Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip. Online guestbook available at www.rushfuneralhome.com