Sr. Investigator H. Karl  Chandler


ONEONTA - H. Karl Chandler, 82 of Oneonta, died peacefully at home following a nine-year battle with cancer, on July 10, 2019.
Karl was born on Jan. 17, 1937, in Sayre, Pennsylvania, to Wilber Chandler and Alberta VanGorder Chandler.
He graduated from Athens Central School in Pennsylvania, where he was a three sport athlete, participating in baseball, basketball and football. At 10 years old, Karl hit a home run at the Williamsport Little League World Series.
Karl reported to Troop C, New York State Troopers in Sidney, on May 22, 1958. On July 7, 1966, Trooper H.K. Chandler was reassigned as investigator in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at Troop C and Sept. 25, 1978, was promoted to senior investigator and Head of Major Crimes Division until his retirement on Dec. 7, 1996. Karl served the New York State Police proudly for 38 years.
His first love was to the New York State Troopers, never wanting to take vacation because he loved what he did.
His pastimes were spent playing golf and traveling to Civil War Battlefields all over the United States. Karl especially enjoyed Gettysburg and would visit at least twice a year, if not more.
His travels also took him to many sports activities for Emilee, Kelsey and Kyle.
Karl married Gloria VanVranken Chandler on March 31, 1999, at the Otsego County Courthouse, Cooperstown, where they first met.
Karl is survived by his wife, Gloria; stepdaughter, Lisa (Jeremy) Harvey, Burlington Flats; grandchildren, Emilee VanDewerker (Braden Jaquay), New Berlin, Kelsey King, Burlington Flats and Kyle King, formerly of Burlington Flats and now Lewiston, Idaho; and niece, Lynn (Gregg) Baulch, Burlington Flats.
He is further survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles and Shirley Milbert, Delmar, Thomas and Joanne Slentz, Burlington Flats, James and Christine Hickling, Pleasant Brook and Carroll and Bettina Munson, Bluffton, South Carolina; together with many nieces and nephews.
Also surviving are son, Sheridan (Lisa) Chandler of Horseheads; and grandchildren, Josh and Jessica and their families.
Karl was predeceased by his father and mother; brother, William Chandler; sister, Sharon Chandler Cole and brother-in-law, Harold Cole.
Special thanks goes to Carlos Bermejo, MD, for always being there for us for nine years. We couldn't have gotten through this without him.
Thanks also goes to Timothy P. Korytko, MD, and his staff at Fox Care Center, all the nurses and everyone at hospice who guided us through these final weeks.
Arrangements were made under the care of Lewis, Hurley and Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta.
Calling hours will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 20, with service immediately following at 3 p.m. at the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home.
Donations in Karl's memory may be made to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 297 River Street Service Road, Oneonta, NY 13820; New York State Trooper Foundation, 1220 Washington Avenue, No. 24, Albany, NY 12226, or Ricky J. Parisian Memorial Scholarship Foundation, 11 East Center St., Oneonta, NY 13820.
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Richard F Barnes
Jul 15, 2019
I had the privage of working with H.K for many years on major crime investigations...One of the case took 8 years but he never gave up..and closed it by arrest ..R.I.P my good friend...
Joseph Harkenreader
Jul 15, 2019
Good by to a great guy and a great freind you will be missed thanks for the memories RIP my freind !