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Richard Lyman Chandler

January 22, 1947 October 11, 2018
Richard Lyman Chandler
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Richard Lyman Chandler
1/22/47 – 10/11/18

On Thursday, October 11, 2018 Richard passed away peacefully at Good Shephard Hospice in Lakeland, Florida with his wife Susan Pounds Chandler and family by his side. Rich was 71 years old, born in Atlanta, Ga and grew up in South Florida. Rich joined the US Navy in 1968 and served on the John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier until 1972 as an Aviation Engineer during the Vietnam War era.

He then moved to Columbus, Ohio where he married Pamela L. Ward, had his daughter Nicole, graduated from Franklin University and embarked on a life long career in the Information Technology industry.

Focused on supporting the Department of Defense, “Dick’s” journey began as a Technical Engineer. His commitment, actions, success and character allowed increasing responsibilities and a continued path through the management ranks into executive roles. In 1984 he moved his family to Virginia where his tenure and achievements at Storage Technology, Sun MicroSystems and Oracle reflected his ability to create success for known industry leaders and achieve award winning recognition in sales time and time again.

Upon his “retirement” in 2007, Richard more recently positioned Med-Hot Thermal Imaging, as a leader in the medical diagnostic industry. He worked along-side his sister, Carol Chandler, Med-Hot owner, and brother-in-law, David Rosenthal, as a Technical Engineer and Vice President. Rich became a full-time Lakeland resident in 2014, where he developed a meaningful and loving relationship with Susan who has loved and cared for him deeply. They married in May 2016, and enjoyed two years of friendship, love and adventure.

Rich enjoyed the art and craft of working with his hands and doing a job right, the first time. He was a problem solver, spread sheet master, meticulous planner and organized in every way. He enjoyed the company of friends and family, wanting to create lasting memories with those he loved.

Rich was preceded in death by his wife, of 32 years, Pamela L. Chandler. He is survived by his loving wife, Susan Pounds Chandler; loving daughter, Nicole Chandler Ewald, (Christopher); grandchildren, Samuel Karl, Zachary Matthew, Kathryn Renee, Ava Kelly and Caroline Rainy Ewald; sister, Carol Chandler (David Rosenthal); step-son, Alex Musser (Tiffany) and long-time friend who was like a brother, Chuck Mewshaw.

The family would like to thank all the support staff on floor 6B LRHC, Dr. Makani, Janice, Patty and Bridget with Watson Clinic Cancer Center and Dr. Natalia Wetterer and staff at Good Shepherd Hospice for their caring ways and support during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 3470 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33805, and St. Mark Presbyterian Church 10701 Old Georgetown Rd., North Bethesda, MD 20852.

Celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 5-7 pm in the Tribute Center at Heath Funeral Chapel, 328 S. Ingraham Ave., Lakeland, FL 33801. Services on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 at 2pm at First United Methodist Church, 72 Lake Morton Dr., Pastor David McEntire officiating.

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5:00 PM 10/16/2018 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 10/16/2018 7:00:00 PM
Heath Funeral Chapel - Tribute Center

328 S Ingraham Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801

Heath Funeral Chapel - Tribute Center
328 S Ingraham Ave Lakeland 33801 FL
United States





2:00 PM 10/17/2018 2:00:00 PM
First United Methodist Church

72 Lake Morton Drive
Lakeland, Florida 33801

First United Methodist Church
72 Lake Morton Drive Lakeland 33801 Florida
United States

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