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Richard Edwin Chandler Oct. 11, 1924 – Feb. 28, 2012 Richard Chandler, 87 of Albany, passed away at his home early Tuesday morning. Richard was born in Albany to George and Laurel (Pugh) Chandler; he attended Pine Grove School graduating from Halsey High School in 1941. He joined the Air Force in 1944 and married Mary "Lee" Ericson on July 3rd 1946 at Chanute A.F.B., Illinois. Richard retired as a Colonel from the Air Force in 1973 after 31½ years of serving in WWII, Korea, Vietnam and The Cold War. He was a member of the American Ex-Prisoners of War and The F-86 Sabre Pilots Association. Richard was decorated with the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal and the Navy Gold Star and many additional awards. He lived in 11 States, as well as Little Walden, England; France; Belgium; Okinawa; Philippines; Korea; Japan; and Saudi Arabia. His professional education included Air Command, Staff College and pilot training. He is survived by his children, Catherine Swallow, Janice Ranne, Richard Chandler Jr. Charles Chandler, George Chandler and Mary Ellen Chandler; brother George Chandler and sisters Flora Jincks and Marilyn Chandler; 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Richard was preceded in death by his parents and wife. A memorial service will be at 10:00am Monday March 5th at Fisher Funeral Home; private family graveside will follow at a later date. Memorial contributions to Evergreen Hospice may be made in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 Washington St. SW, Albany, OR 97321

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