Forest H. Chandler

15 years ago

Image    Chandler, Forest H., 100, Mapleton; in Mapleton, July 15, 2009. Arrangements are in the care of Duncan-Graves Funeral Home, Presque Isle.


    Mapleton – Forest H. Chandler, 100, passed away peacefully, at his home, July 15, 2009. He was born April 6, 1909, in Castle Hill, the son of Charles G.R. and Maude (Flannagin) Chandler.
    Forest was a successful farmer who retired early, stepping aside when his sons became farmers. Forest was the oldest citizen of Mapleton, recipient of the Boston Post  Cane award, and was well known for his generosity, honesty and integrity. His efforts over the years in the Castle Hill Grange, Pamona Grange, The National Grange, Mapleton Historical Society, and the overseeing of the State Road Feeder Farm Picnic Grounds; his help with the beautification of the Castle Hill Cemetery and the Mapleton High School Alumni  Sarah Stephenson Memorial, being a member of the class of 1926; as well as his service to his church, the Mapleton United Methodist Church, and his leadership in local fund-raising for the A.R. Gould Hospital, have all helped to make Mapleton and this area a better place to live. Forest and his wife Gladys (Smith) Chandler, who predeceased him in 1999, loved square dancing, and were charter members of the Presque Isle Spud Shufflers Square Dance Club. They would travel throughout New England to attend dances. Forest was also well known for his gardens, the doll house made to scale he built for his daughter, and the well kept grounds around his home. Many former youth of the area have used and appreciated the gymnasium that Forest maintained in his barn as well as the winter skating rink in his yard.
    Surviving him are his sons and their wives, Darrell L. and Marilyn (Tompkins) Chandler and Donald W. and Alice (Porter) Chandler; a daughter, Emilie C. Lovley and her husband Carl, all of Mapleton; grandchildren, David Chandler, Darren Chandler, Kyle Chandler, Jody Tuttle, Mitchell Chandler, Carter Chandler, Cynthia McPherson, Susan Haines, and Sandra Galipeau; 19 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Margaret Russell. Besides his wife Gladys and his parents, he is predeceased by brothers and sisters, Alfred Chandler, Bernice Bagley, Mildred Ellis, Lawrence Chandler, Donald Chandler, Raymond Chandler, Amy Grant and Arnold Chandler.
    Funeral services were conducted 2 p.m. Monday, July 20 at the Mapleton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dorothy Matson officiating. Friends called at the church from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service. Interment was in the Castle Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Mapleton United Methodist Church c/o Emilie C. Lovley, P.O. Box 215, Mapleton, ME 04757. Arrangments are in the care of Duncan-Graves Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed at