Robert R. Chalender

Graveside services with military honors for Robert R. “Bob” Chalender, 77, Linwood, will be 10 a.m. Friday, June 28, 2013 at Reno Cemetery in Reno, Kansas.

Mr. Chalender died Monday, June 24, 2013 at The Windsor of Lawrence nursing home after losing his battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

He was born October 4, 1935, in Kansas City, Kansas, the only son of James Robert and Alice Boyd Chalender. He graduated from Garden Plains High School in 1971.

Mr. Chalender retired from the U.S. Army after 21 years of service. He also retired from the Topeka DMU as a postal clerk after 15 years of service. He enjoyed traveling, gardening, boating, and was an avid KU Jayhawk Fan.

He married Betty Powell, October 12, 1953 in Lawrence, Kansas. Bob and Betty celebrated 59 ½ years together. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include three sons, James Chalender, Eudora, KS, Dale Chalender and wife Kris, Big Lake, AK, Richard Chalender and wife Debbie, Baldwin City, KS; daughter, Debra Schlesener and husband Kenny, Reading, KS; 7 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2013 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Lawrence Humane Society sent in care of the funeral home.