Carl Hilton Chandler II died quietly in his home on April 13 after a long illness.
Carl was born on September 6, 1921, in Yoakum, Texas. His family moved to Houston in 1939, where he graduated from Jeff Davis High School in 1940. Carl enlisted in the Army in 1940 and served in Europe as a medic. He was assigned to a unit and was in the invasion of Omaha Beach and the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he attended the University of Houston where he earned degrees in Business Administration and Political Science.
He joined the staff of the American Red Cross and served in North and South Korea. Because of his work done for prisoners of war servicemen, President Eisenhower awarded him the Medal of Freedom in 1954. He worked for the Red Cross until 1971 and moved to Blanco in 1972. He joined the Lions Club and worked for Blanco Child Development Center, until he went to work for the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation in 1975 in Austin. He also worked as an Administration Technician III, getting jobs for the mentally challenged. He was a founding member of the TIBH and was on the board of directors.
When he retired, he was on the board of directors of many charitable organizations. He was a 50 year Mason, chaplain for the Order of the Eastern Star and Blanco Lodge 216, York Right and Knights Templar, a lay reader for the Episcopal Church and he played the organ.
His wife Pat Chandler preceded him in death in 2005.
He is survived by two sisters, Louise Chandler Lott and Marguerite Chandler Quast; two children, his son Carl H. Chandler III and his wife Janet, and his daughter Carla S. Chandler; his two grandsons, Carl H. Chandler IV (Dru) and Marc Andrew Chandler, who helped take care of his grandfather for the last three years. He gave his body to the University of Texas Health Science in Galveston.
The memorial service will be held in Blanco at St. Michaels and All Angels Episcopal Church on April 20, 2011, at 6:00pm.
Dad’s life was so full that we couldn’t put it all in, but we did our best. We love you, dad!