|Harold Nelson Chansler, Jr., age 64, of Abingdon, Illinois and formerly of the Lawrenceville, Illinois area, died at 2:15 pm Monday, August 1, 2011 at the Rosewood Care Center in Galesburg, Illinois.
He was born on December 14, 1946 in Lawrenceville, the son of Harold N. and Frances (Miller) Chansler, Sr. He married Patricia Ann Mefford in 1967 at Bridgeport, Illinois. She survives.
Harold is also survived by his parents, Harold and Frances Chansler, Sr. of RR Bridgeport; three sons, Marty (and Jamie) Chansler of Monmouth, Illinois, Troy Chansler of LaSalle, Illinois and Jeremiah (and Nicole) Chansler of Davenport, Iowa; three grandsons, Matthew, Adam and Owen; three brothers, Larry (and Rita) Chansler of Lawrenceville, Steve (and Molly Jo) Chansler of Bridgeport and Chuck (and Vera) Chansler of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; one sister, Rita-Diane (and Rolland-Pete) Davis of Oblong, Illinois; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Erika Valadez of Lawrenceville and Don and Lisa McCoy of Abingdon.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother.
He graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1965. He served in the Navy for two years during the Vietnam War. He had lived in Abingdon for several years. He attended Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg. He worked at Gates Rubber Company for 20 years retiring in 1987. He was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Abingdon. He was a member of the Abingdon Kiwanis Club, the American Legion, was an Eagle Scout and former Boy Scout Leader. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, watching the Chicago Cubs and Bears and enjoying his family and grandsons.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at the Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel. Visitation will also be held from 9:00 am to 10:00 am Friday, August 5, 2011 at the Highway Church of God in Lawrenceville followed by the funeral service at 10:00 am. Pastor Bill Flynn will officiate. Burial will be in the Lawrenceville City Cemetery with military rites.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Compassus, First Assembly of God Church or the Highway Church of God. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.