Best Auto Body Painter in El Dorado County for 41 Years!
Kenny passed away suddenly after a long 8 year battle of COPD; on November 5, 2019 from Respiratory Failure.
Kenny was born March 23, 1954 in Hanford, CA to Phil and Martha Chandler.
He is survived by his wife, Rebecca, son, Brandon Chandler, daughter Crystal Veerkamp, three step-sons, Eddie Nick and Michael.
Mother Martha Chandler of Fowler CA, Sisters Barbara Gunter-Tippett (Bill) of Florida, Beverly Jensen(Don)of Aromas, CA, Brother, Jim Chandler(Robyn) of Visalia, CA.
Kenny was also Blessed with 11 Grandchildren, Monique, Trinity and Chloe Chandler, Abigail, Allison and Andrew Veerkamp, Ashley, London and Phoenix Knight and Luke and Faith Pippin.
Kenny was preceded in death by his Father Phil Chandler.
Ken and first wife, Brenda moved to Placerville 1978. He worked at Patterson Motors, G&O, Frank's Bodyshop, Family Chevrolet, Hangtown Body.
Also Placerville Body Shop, Stymeist and Vice(Sacramento). Ken often took on the challenge of trying and teaching others how to use new paint products, from Dupont, Spies Heckler, PPG and the newest waterborne.
He was most happy behind the wheel of his ski boats, a Blue Wave with first wife and a Tige' from Rebecca. Kenny's auto body paint took him through enjoyment, employment and pleasure. He painted many Sprint cars for the Placerville Hangtown Speedway(Mostly CJ Humphreys #85) and painted a friend's Cobra(Black and like a
Glass Mirror). There was no job too difficult he couldn't do. He was the Best!
Saturday nights were his best at the races then off to PJs for drinks and dancing. You always had breakfast at 2:00am.
Ken also spent a number of years on the Toys for Tots Christmas program spending hours putting together tricycles and bikes. So proud for those children he actually customized three of the trikes.
He was a True Friend to many and could always be called upon day or night to help with what was needed.
Kenny spent the last few years enjoying his family and all those 11 grandchildren. He'd watch shows like "Gas Monkey" and Mecum Auto Auctions, plus the many new reality type. He cherished the time with family at home due to being housebound.
There are no words to express how much he will be missed. He was a Really Really Good Man!
BEST HUSBAND, FATHER AND PAPA EVER!
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