Mervin Chandler

March 10, 2014
Resided in Urbana, IA
Mervin H. Chandler, 60, of Urbana, passed away on Monday, March 10, 2014 at Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton.  Visitation will be held on Friday, March 14, 2014 from 4 to 8 PM at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories.  Services will be held on Saturday at 1:30 PM at Cedar Memorial park Chapel of Memories.  Burial will be held at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Following the service there will be a celebration of Merv’s life at Wildhogs in Walford.  

Mervin Henry Chandler was born on November 23, 1953 to Alfred and Marguerite Chandler in Flagstaff, Arizona.  Merv graduated from Iowa Valley Community High School in 1972.  He owned and operated AutoCrafters Body Shop.  Merv enjoyed racing, hunting, reading and family vacations to Florida.  “Swervin Mervin” in the #2 will be remembered as a true legend for his racing career.

He is survived by his significant other of 38 years, Connie Bosier-Chandler; children, Kia (Rob) Alkema; Nathan (BJ) Chandler; Danielle Chandler; Brad (Shawna) Chandler; Dallas, Adam, Destiney, and Dalaney Chandler; sisters, Eula (Bill) Schulz and Donna (Jonathon) Buswell; grandchildren, Tallan, Aubree, and Arjen, soon to be expecting Paisley and baby Chandler on the way; numerous nieces, nephews, and many close friends; and faithful companion Lil.

Merv was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial donations may be directed to the family.

Hero's are remembered legends never die, and that he was, I'd like to thank him for giving me my first break and chance to drive my first car at Hawkeye downs with his knowledge and the people he knew, no doubt in my mind he would of made that automatic grand am se 2002 work as he did. I miss going and watching you boys race from dirt to asphalt learning while watching, but the most honorable memory is working and helping out down at the old shop, weather it was tearing apart radiators or spraying the walls after the flood of 2008 the memory that stays with me is just as simple as this, "the vibe." Tho some didn't have patients with me..... Merv defiantly gambled upon me as a young and hungry driver and gave me a gift and a dream of a life time, that only few dream or wish of doing.


I met Merv over 30 years ago when he was doing as much as he could to get exposure for the new IMCA Modified. Merv would race in Texas one weekend and North Dakota the next. Merv always got the most out of his cars, most of the time he was way underfunded compared to his fellow competitors,but when the checkered flag fell, many times it was the #2 collecting the trophy. Merv will be greatly missed by his immediate family and his racing family. Now it is up to the kids to carry on the Chandler name around the race tracks. RIP and Gods Speed to you "Swervin Mervin" Jerry Mackey


Wow. Sorry I won't be able to attend the visitation as I have to sell so racin' stuff for Simmons. I would have truly liked to have been there to share with you boys alot of the öld" stories form back in the day!! Every time we were at the track at the same time Merv would come over and give me some s--t about being an old SOB and couldn't believe I was still doing it. I always told to look in the mirror. Thanks for letting your Dad be a part of my life!! Rest in Peace til I get there Merv and then I'm gonna put a donut on the old number 2. Kastli 73


Dear Connie n kids, I don't even know where to began. You (we) have all lost a wonderful man!!! I've know Connie n Merv now for almost 34 years and they were such a wonderful couple with so many BEAUTIFUL children n grandchildren. Merv was a wonderful father to his children and a perfect match for his mate Connie. So many years and memories together. Memories that will be cherished forever. I pray that our Lord and Savior get you all through this time of grieving and get you all on the road to healing soon. I know Merv wouldn't want anyone sitting around crying. So let's all put on our happy faces and make him smile down upon us!!! I love each and everyone of you Chandler children and most of all my dearest friend of 34 years Connie. I'll be here for you when you need me Connie, I'm just a phone call away!!! May you rest in peace Merv Chandler!!!! Love you all, Tracy Murphy


We are sorry about your loss


When we first got AJ into racing everyone we talked to told us, "watch out for those Chandlers" but besides the fact that everyone of you could drive the wheels off of a car, we are not sure what they meant. Merv bent over backwards to be a mentor to AJ and to us. He never lost his patience with AJ even when AJ made dumb mistakes that Merv always seemed to be on the receiving end of. He gave him encouragement and advice. He told when he did things wrong and when he was doing things right. He walked the track with him to show him what to watch out for. He showed us ways to make the car run better. He gave us advice on what tires to run and what tire pressure to run at. He many times got under the car to help fix it in order to get AJ back out on the track. There were a few times we had to yell at him to get in his car because they were lining up but he was trying so hard to get help us get AJ's car back out on the track. We will never forget the night of AJ's first heat win. He walked up to us with that smile on his face and said "that's what he needed." He was not only a great racer, he wanted others to be great racers too. He didn't just want an easy win, he wanted others out there racing against him. We will never forget the kindness he showed to us. AJ will always remember his first years of racing as having the Great Merv Chandler as his mentor. We are so sorry for your loss. We hope it helps to know that he touched many lives while he was here and he will be remembered.


Thoughts and prayers to all of you from my family!


To the entire Chandler family, I extend my sincere sympathy on your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. While he is gone far too soon, I hope that you will find peace and comfort in your memories of him. Adam, I have enjoyed chatting about your father in the recent past. I loved reading more about "Swervin' Mervin!" It sounds like he was a great man who will be very missed. . .by many people. May he rest in peace. Mrs. M.


Very special man. The best racecar driver. My father and I had the privilege of racing with him. He was always nice to everyoneand always had a smile on his face. He always told me, it doesnt matter if you are slow on the track if you love doing it. Prayers to the family.


Kia please feel your Dads love when you have those self coaching sessions. I once heard, "people come an go but principles last forever". Even without ever meeting your father I'm comfortable sharing my respect to you and your family because of how you live your life. He did well young lady, I can tell he left you with some principles that work, maybe you can introduce me to him in heaven someday.