MECHANICSVILLE, VA. - Rev. Oscar R. Chandler, 79, passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, in Mechanicsville, Va., as family surrounded him, singing his favorite hymns and reading selected passages of scripture. He had recently moved from Cherryfield, to live with his daughter and son-in-law in Sandston, Va. He was born Sept. 17, 1933, in Jonesport, to Orin C. and Phoebe (Beal) Chandler.
On October 17, 1952, he married Lois Howe, and they enjoyed a wonderful life together of 57 years. She passed away May 11, 2010.
He is survived by five children, Cheryl (Chandler) Davis and her husband, Peter, of Sandston, Va., the Rev. Leroy Chandler and his wife, Madeline, of Charlotte, N.C., Pauline (Chandler) Berger and her husband, the Rev. Brian Berger, of Porterville, Calif., the Rev. Mark Chandler and his wife, Melanie, of Cherryfield, and the Rev. Timothy Chandler and his wife, Lana, of Greenfield, Tenn.; two sisters, Elva Robinson of Harrington, Sarah Schevenius of Jonesport; and one brother, Leo H. Chandler Sr. of Jonesport; 12 grandchildren, Nathaniel, Kevin, Stephanie, Dewayne, Heidi, Shauna, Laura, Sarah, Zachary, Benjamin, Tiffany and Lyndsey; 10 great-grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews. In addition to his spouse he was predeceased by his parents; and one son, Ronald O. Chandler.
His life and acts of service as an ordained minister with the United Pentecostal Church International was extensive. Licensed with the UPCI for 58 years, his pastoral ministry, which began in Eastport and continued in Norway concluded at the United Pentecostal Church of Manchester, N.H., where he served as pastor with his wife for 30 years. He served as the district secretary/treasurer of Central New England and New Hampshire/Vermont Districts of United Pentecostal Church for more than 30 years. He was a true servant, a dutiful adherent to the scriptural command, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might." He applied that truth with diligence in providing for his wife and family. He believed, practiced and taught the principles of marital faithfulness as evidenced by the fact that, when combined, the total years of traditional marriage, including Rev. and Mrs. Oscar Chandler and their descendants, are 237. In addition to ministerial duties, he also worked as a master electrician and was employed by several electrical contractors. He was a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 490, until his early retirement, brought on by sickness in 1993. He enjoyed Christian music, especially when played or sung by his children, playing the guitar, working with computers, discussing scriptures, going out to eat, and any activity that involved a gathering of family.
Family and friends may pay their respects to Rev. Chandler 2-4 or 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Crossroads Apostolic Church, 27 Church Lane, Hancock. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, with the Rev. David Howe officiating. A private committal will be at Wescogus Cemetery, Addison. Arrangements by Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Homes, Ellsworth.