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Obituary: Joseph Samuel Chanley Jr., Greenwood

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Joseph Samuel Chanley Jr., 84, Greenwood, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

Born in Kyana on Dec. 31, 1928, he grew up on a farm near Birdseye, later lived in Jasper and was a resident of Greenwood since 1958.

He married Frieda Emma Rasche of Dubois, in 1953.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Cora Chanley; five sisters, Elma (Colonel) Abell, Sylvia (Buford) Harmes, Edna (Marvin) Durbin, Lorena (Russell) Potts and Ethel (Emil) Bilotta; and three brothers, Rator (Alene), Louis and Marion Chanley.

He is survived by his wife; five daughters, Mary (Mike) Hayward of Atlanta, Rita (Larry) Hoffmann of Austin, Texas, Sara Gormley of Carmel, Katy (Don) Stephens of San Antonio and Angela Chanley of Speedway; two sons, Joseph (Cindy) Chanley of Danville, Ill., and Andrew (Lara) Chanley of Los Angeles; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Joe was a U.S. Army veteran, having served as a corporal at Fort Bragg, N.C., during the Korean conflict.

He was a member of Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, the American Legion and the Capitol City Conservation Club.

He worked at Jasper Glove Co., Jasper Wood Products and, from 1953 to 1986, for the U.S. Postal Service.

He saw mail distribution technology change from his days of hand sorting on the mail trains to ZIP codes and automation at the Indianapolis air field and main post office, where he was a general foreman.

Joe’s hobbies included vegetable and rose gardening, wood carving, traveling the country and visiting national parks, and following local sports teams. He was a lifelong avid reader and lover of music.

Before suffering hearing loss, he regaled family with songs on the keyboard and harmonica and had a wonderful singing voice.

His farm upbringing remained a special memory, and he said it was well depicted in John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem “The Barefoot Boy”: “In the reach of ear and eye, outward sunshine, inward joy. Blessings on thee, Barefoot Boy!”

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. today at Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church, 335 N. Meridian St. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time today at the church. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Greenwood.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Greenwood Church, 335 S. Meridian St., Greenwood, IN 46143.

Forest Lawn Memory Gardens and Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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