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Charlene LaDene Chandler

Charlene LaDene Chandler
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Charlene Chandler passed away May 10, 2006, surrounded by family and friends, at the age of 72. She was born March 18, 1934, to Lloyd Wolfe and Irene Trunnel in Cambridge, Neb. At the age of 10, her father was killed while serving in World War II; her mother passed away in 2004. In her freshman year at Cambridge High School, Charlene met the love of her life, Leonard M. Chandler Jr. Following a short courtship, they were married on Dec. 13, 1950. As a young couple, Leonard worked as a heavy equipment operator on numerous construction projects throughout the Midwestern United States, and Charlene moved with him making a life at home for him and their three girls. The building of the Vega Dam brought them to Collbran, which was home for eight years. Charlene, for a brief period of time, worked for the United States Post Office in Collbran, before Leonard accepted a job transfer moving the family to Glenwood Springs, which would be their home for 28 years. Charlene worked for the Sage Reminder, a local newspaper, and then as a dental technician/receptionist. Charlene learned to drive an 18-wheeler so she could truck with Leonard in the over-the-road trucking business they started and operated for many years. She retired from active driving, but kept the books for the business, while Leonard continued to truck. During their time in Glenwood, a grandson was born and he christened Charlene “Momo” and Leonard “Popo.” These love names are how many remember them to this day. Eventually, Leonard and Charlene made Grand Junction their home. She was a member of Fellowship Church.Charlene is survived by her loving husband, Leonard Chandler, of Grand Junction; daughters Peggy (Barry Dunsdon) Chandler, of Glenwood Springs, Pam (John Wieser) Parrish, of Grand Junction, and Ponda Hamilton, of Battlement Mesa; granddaughters, Sky Parrish, Crystal Hamilton, Valerie Hamilton, and Ellie Piffer; and brother Gene Wolfe, of Fort Worth, Texas.She was preceded in death by her grandson, Zebulon (Zeb) Piffer. There will be a memorial at 11 a.m. Thursday at Fellowship Church. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Zebulon Crossover, a scholarship fund, c/o Roaring Fork High School, 180 Snowmass Drive, Carbondale, CO 81623.


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