Age 95, died Friday, March 22, 2024, at his home in Sliver Maples of Chelsea with his daughters by his side. He was born August 6, 1928, in Akron, Ohio, the son of Hervey D. & Lois W. (Wood) Chandler.
Bill served during the Korean War in the United States Air Force, as a 1 Lt. (Class of 49-C) He loved flying and flew C 52 (Cargo Transport) planes between the US, Japan and Korea. 
He was discharged from the Air Force in 1952 and followed his brother to Michigan State College where he met his wife, Marilyn Rice. They were married in 1953 in East Lansing, MI. In 1954, they moved to Chelsea where they raised 3 daughters.
Bill was part-owner and manager for the Detroit Abrasives Company, an abrasive reclaiming business that his father-in-law had started. He sold the business in 1968 and returned to school to become a teacher. He taught for a couple years at Milan High School, then was invited to come to Chelsea High School to establish and operate the Work-Study and Co-op Programs. He also taught business education and business law classes.
Bill was very active in the Chelsea Community. He served as a Trustee for the Congregational Church, was elected and served on the Chelsea Village Council, was appointed to the Chelsea Village Planning Commission, served on the Chelsea United Way; helped establish the Chelsea Help Line (now 211), served on the McKune Memorial Library Board, the Mill Creek Research Council (for over 30 years). He was a charter member of the Chelsea Co-op Nursery School. Bill received the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce for his dedication to serving the City of Chelsea.  He loved trains and also served on The Chelsea Depot Board Association for over 20 years. Bill was the Recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from The Chelsea Depot Board of Directors.
Bill was an avid swimmer at the Chelsea Wellness Center a hobby that he thoroughly missed when he had to stop two years ago.  He enjoyed woodworking, photography, and puttering around in the yard.  He loved spending time with his family, camping in their AirStream, trips to Colorado to visit his brother and later his daughter Mary Beth, canoeing with his daughters and their friends, spending time in Florida in the winters, and spending time on Clear Lake sailing, boating and relaxing.  He and Marilyn also enjoyed travelling with the Nomads Club visiting various places around the world.
Bill is survived by two daughters Cindy (Richard) Westfall of Rochester, NY, Carolyn (Nick) Roopas of Ann Arbor, five grandchildren, Alyssa (Jason) Roopas-Houle, Emily, Alex and Evan Roopas, Kathryn (Patrick) Westgrove; and two great-grandchildren, Adelaide Rose and Ryan Westgrove.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn, his daughter, Mary Beth Chandler, brother, John Chandler, and infant sister, Marjorie Chandler.
A memorial service was held Saturday, March 30, 2024, 1:00 pm at Silver Maples of Chelsea, with Rev. Jeff Crowder officiating. The family received friends before the service from Noon-1:00, and at a reception after the service until 3 pm.  A private burial was held at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea. Memorial contributions may be made to Barn Sanctuary, 20179 McKernan Dr., Chelsea, MI 48118.  Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.

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#7 Niko and Lauriez 2024-03-30 16:01
Dear Carolyn and Cindy,
Extending our deepest condolences
to you and your entire family in the loss
of your beloved father. Holding you up in
prayer as you traverse this immense loss.
May beautiful memories fill your hearts
and ease your grief at this difficult time.
Blessings and Love, Niko and Laurie
#6 Joe Ziolkowski 2024-03-30 13:47
I saddened to hear of Bills passing. I only knew Bill from the Wellness Center pool where we’d chat before and after our swims. Bill invariably always turned the conversation towards me and what was new in my life. He had a genuine interest in others and seemed interested in learning new things. I always appreciated his warm smile, eyes that seemed to sparkle and just an overall warm and gentle demeanor.
He inspired me to keep after it, both in the pool and in life. I’ll miss my friend Bill.
#5 Blake Thomson 2024-03-29 00:09
A great man and father, grandad, great grandad. My memories all positive remain in my mind of this dear friend. God speed love you
#4 Jake Schlag 2024-03-26 16:19
I am very sorry to hear the news of your Dad's passing, Cindy and Carolyn. Your Dad was a great friend and neighbor to all of us on Queen Oaks and he will surely be missed.
#3 William & Sarah Ball 2024-03-26 10:35
Thank you Mr. Chandler for your service !! With very heavy hearts we are so sorry to hear of your passing. Carolyn & Family I have so many memories of playing tennis then walking over to say Hi to your Dad. When my father and I would do our mile walks a couple times a week we always stopped by to say hi and see what your dad was tinkering on in the garage, he always had the best smile & hugs. Please accept our sincere condolences and know you and your family will remain in our continued thoughts and prayers.
Billy & Sarah Ball
#2 Michael Drew 2024-03-26 09:37
I'm sorry for your loss. Your dad sounds like a great guy. We don't know each other but we may be distant relatives. I have a genealogy book for the Chandler family starting with a William Chandler who can to North America in 1636.
Allen Cole has my contact info if you are interested in genealogy and want to see the book.
#1 Mary Weir Alber 2024-03-25 16:24
So sorry Cindy & Carolyn for your loss. Your Dad was one of my favorite people to visit with through the years, from us kids playing on Howard St. to running into him downtown, he was always interested in how you were doing & happy to visit people all the time. My thoughts are with you, remember all the good times from the past to help you navigate this time of loss.

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