Robert I. Chard, 92, died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at Mercy Regional Health Center, Manhattan.
The family provided some of the following information.
He was born on Dec. 12, 1921, in Lincoln, the son of Henry A. and Clara E. (Howard) Chard. Robert graduated from Lincoln High School in 1939. He entered the U.S. Army on Oct. 14, 1942, at Fort Leavenworth. He was accepted into the Officers Candidate School and graduated as a second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. His assignments took him to the Soloman Island, Manila, Japan and the Philippine Islands, along with many others. He was relieved from active duty on March 23, 1946, and was promoted to captain in the Army Reserve Corps. He was assigned to various Army Reserve units and left the National Guard in 1966. He was finally promoted to lieutenant colonel in the reserves in 1969 and retired on Jan. 28, 1970, following more than 27 years of service. He was employed with the City of Manhattan street department for more than 20 years.
On May 13, 1941, he was united in marriage to Norma A. Brown in Ellsworth. This union was blessed with five children, Vicki, Sherri, Don, Cindy and Dennis.
Robert was well known for many things, but most of all for his dry sense of humor. He delighted in stringing you along and having a vast collection of jokes to keep you laughing.
Growing up in a time when items were hard to come by, Robert loved being creative through his projects. He enjoyed puttering and tinkering in the garage, finding uses for items that should have been disposed of. Robert was a very giving person who enjoyed helping others when he could. Above all, he loved being with his family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Robert was a lifetime member of the IOOF Lodge #17 , a lifetime member of VFW #1786 and a 50-year member of the American Legion all of Manhattan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Norma, on Sept. 5, 2000; a daughter, Sherri on Jan. 5, 2011; and siblings, Olen, Golden, Hylis Wayne, Howard, Theora Doll and Jeannie Mason.
Survivors include his children, Vicki Rodriguez and husband Marvin of Manhattan, Don Chard and wife Debbie of Manhattan, Cindy Chard-Bergstrom and husband Gregg of Cambridge, Iowa and Dennis Chard and wife Sandy of Bentonville, Ark. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren, numerous great- and great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Neola F. Hisle and Bina Jean Lebin, both of Lincoln, and many nieces, nephews and other family members.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan.
Interment with full military honors will follow in the Fort Riley Post Cemetery, Fort Riley.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday Aug. 5, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Manhattan Senior Center in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.