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Raymond Miles Chandler

Obituary for Raymond Miles Chandler

November 12, 1944 - October 27, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 73


On Saturday, October 27, 2018, Ray Chandler passed away peacefully at home in the company of his best friend and angel, Faye.

Ray was born in Detroit, Michigan to Raymond and Ruth Chandler, and spent his childhood and early life in Michigan and Kentucky before moving to Austin for his career at IBM in the late 1960's. Ray's skill and ability in technology made him a valuable part of the IBM team, where he worked until his retirement. Ray was also a very talented machinist who spent many nights and weekends in the tool shop. After retirement, he set up a wood shop at home where he meticulously crafted beautiful pens and planned masterpieces for family and friends.

Ray's laid-back demeanor masked a kind soul, dry wit and fierce intelligence. He loved spending time teaching and playing backgammon, chess, and computer games with his family and online community of friends. A talented bowler, Ray's extended family also included the folks at Dart Bowl, where he spent many nights and weekends in league play racking up an impressive average and just missing the elusive perfect game by one pin. Ray also enjoyed science fiction, from books by favorite authors Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov, to classic black and white movies and current blockbusters. This love of sci fi culminated in a fascination with our nation's space exploration program, and he took great pleasure in watching the NASA channel to learn about our latest adventures in space.

Ray was most passionate about sports, especially his favorites the UT Longhorns and Kentucky Wildcats. Any sports game featuring the Horns or UK, or teams from Detroit, were always on his television, and the commentary and humor of the Dan Patrick show provided a welcome supplement to his daily sports consumption. Most recently, Ray was eagerly watching the comeback of Tiger Woods and rooting for hometown golf champion Jordan Spieth.

Ray leaves to celebrate him a community of friends and family, with memories of good wine and good times bowling, fishing and skiing at the lake, playing cards at the beach, riding motorcycles in the Texas Hill Country, and a healthy appreciation for made-in-Detroit classic cars and some good old rock and roll. He is survived by his brother John Chandler of California, and by his partner Faye and children Scott, John, Melissa, Jamie, Michael and Michelle, their spouses and grandchildren in Texas and Kentucky.

He will be missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Ray's name to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,

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  • In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Ray's name to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,

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3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
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