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Howard Arthur Chandler, “Howie”

Updated: Dec 7, 2020

Howard Arthur Chandler, “Howie”, 88, died peacefully of natural causes on July 20, 2020 at the Woodlands Creek Retirement Community in Clive, Iowa. Howie and his wife, Trina, had recently moved to Iowa to be near their daughter, after living in Winnetka, Illinois, which they called home for over 56 years.

Howie was born in Evanston, Illinois on May 1, 1932 to Mildred Gerek and Howard Charles Chandler. Howie grew up in Evanston and graduated from Evanston High School in 1950. He went on to major in history and was a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity at the University of Michigan, which he graduated from in 1954. In August 1954, Howie entered the army and completed basic training at Camp Chaffee in Arkansas. He was a member of the 8th Cavalry Regiment, and served for a year and a half at Camp Whittington, Japan.

After being honorably discharged from the army, Howie joined his father’s business, Howard C. Chandler & Son Insurance, where he worked until he retired at age 85. Howie was a competitive tennis player his entire life. He represented teams in high school, college, and several local leagues including Skokie Country Club. He shared his love of the sport with others, and even provided tennis clinics for his fellow soldiers and Japanese civilians while stationed in Japan during his military service. He also remained a lifelong fan of all things University of Michigan sports, and was also a long time season ticket holder of the Chicago Bears and Chicago Blackhawks. While Howie was an avid Cubs fan, he raised his children to be American Leaguers, and secretly enjoyed White Sox games every bit as much.

Howie is survived by his wife of 59 years, Katrina Veeder Chandler; his brother Tom (Darryl) Chandler; his children John (Susan) Chandler and Jessica (Casey) Schrock; and six grandchildren, Ryan Chandler, Brenden Chandler, Elizabeth (Josh) Wootonn, Chandler Schrock, Benjamin Schrock, and Shelby Schrock. His crooked smile, belly laugh, and laid back approach to life will be missed by all.

Due to Covid 19, there are no services planned at this time. Memorial contributions can be made to the Kiwanis Club of Evanston, where Howie proudly served his community.