MALVIN CHANDLER

M. Chandler webphotoMalvin Chandler, of Braham, passed away on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at Elmhurst Commons in Braham.  He was 90 years old.

In keeping with Malvin’s wishes, no services will be held.

All the days planned by the Lord for Malvin “Mal” Chandler came to be the morning of November 16th, 2014.  He was 90 years old.

Born on August 7th, 1924 in Dry Prong, Louisiana to Edward Malvin Chandler and Naomi Ann (Mercer) Chandler, Mal was the fifth child of eight children.  His mother died when he was 17 years old years and he left home shortly afterwards, joining the Merchant Marine in 1945.  He served through World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, eventually making the rating of second engineer.  While not sailing, Mal also worked at many odd jobs throughout the United States, from building dams to fighting wildfires.

Mal was called “the Rambler” as a child, as he loved to travel. His favorite state was Nevada and he called it home after World War II.  After his retirement in the 1980s, he lived in Fallon, Nevada during the summer and wintered in Parker, Arizona.

In 2003, he met the Garms family at La Paz County Campground in Parker, AZ and a special friendship was formed.  After they parted ways, Mal and the Garms kept in touch through letters, until Mal decided to “visit” in April 2005.  He traveled from Nevada to Braham, Minnesota, and a “two week visit” turned into the rest of Mal’s time on earth.  Psalm 68:6 clearly came to life: “God sets the lonely in families”.  Mal loved the Garms kids (and their cats) and had much joy in watching them grow. 

Mal lived with the Garms family until winter of 2012.  He had several falls and, needing 24-hour care, he moved to Elmhurst Commons in Braham, residing there until he passed away from cancer.
He was a man of common sense, with a giving spirit and love for children and animals.  Mal took pleasure in working outdoors and could often be found sitting outside, admiring the surrounding countryside.  A story-teller, Mal would tell story upon story for hours to anyone who would listen.  His humor, stories, and life will be greatly missed.

Mal is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, and is survived by his friends and “family”: David and Kris Garms and their children, Whitney, Ben, Taylor, Uliana, Leesha, Sam, Jayme, and Caleb.

4 guestbook entries for MALVIN CHANDLER

  1. Dolly Brown November 22, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    God bless him. I am grateful to have known him and for his faithful service to our country.

  2. Pat Turner November 23, 2014 at 6:40 am #

    So sorry for your loss. I know how much you loved Mal and gave to him. You are such a loving family and I count it a privilege to know you. May God fill you with His peace as you continue to serve Him. Pat

  3. The Fuchs Family November 23, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    Dear Garms Family,

    We have been greatly blessed and encouraged by your love, care, and testimony of honoring Mal Christ’s way. What an awesome testimony!!!

    May the LORD YHWH continue to give you peace, comfort, and direction for your continued ministry as you continue to serve and bless others in HIS Name. We are praying for you and will continue to do so, with love from your brother and sisters in Christ, The Fuchs Family

    John 12:26 If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.

  4. Ackland family November 26, 2014 at 8:33 am #

    Dear friends,

    We know you have suffered a great loss with the passing of Mal. Our prayers go up to our Father, the loving Comforter. He placed Mal with your family for a purpose, and we know the blessing of friendship and “family” was by His hand. Most likely you will never know what a treasure you were to Mal. Enjoy the memories of a special man and the love he had for you.

    With love and sympathy,
    The Ackland family

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