George Edward Chandler, 88, of Spring Grove, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Tweeten Lutheran Healthcare Center in Spring Grove.

He was born July 7, 1924, in Preston to George and Minnie (Joseph) Chandler. He was a 1942 Preston High School graduate. He graduated from Luther College in 1949 and earned a Master's Degree in Science from the University of Minnesota in 1959.

George married Harriet Bergsrud at Faith Lutheran Church in Black Hammer, rural Spring Grove, on June 1, 1947. The couple enjoyed 65 years together.

George served in the United States Army during WWII, traveling to France and Germany. He arrived in Normandy one month after the D-Day invasion. He also fought in the Battle of The Bulge, where he froze his feet. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his service.

He taught schools in Williston, N.D., St. Croix Falls, Wis., and McHenry, Ill. After his retirement from teaching, he and Harriet settled in Black Hammer.

George was a very active member of the Faith Lutheran Church in Black Hammer. He loved being outdoors, where he camped and fished. He enjoyed making wine as a pastime.

Survivors include his wife, Harriet of Spring Grove; a brother-in-law, Fred (Marty) Bergsrud of New Brighton, Minn.; a sister-in-law, Lois (Allan) Morken of Spring Grove; several nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harland; a sister, Audrey Jorgenson; and a sister-in-law, Joanne Bergsrud.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, at Faith Lutheran Church in Black Hammer, rural Spring Grove. The Rev. Leonard Liptack will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Military rites provided by American Legion Post #249 of Spring Grove.

Friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Roble Funeral Home in Spring Grove, and one hour prior to services at the church.