Natalia Wetterer Obituary, Death – Richard died away without any discomfort on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at the Good Shepherd Hospice in Lakeland, Florida. His family and wife, Susan Pounds Chandler, were by his side during his final moments. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but spent much of his childhood in South Florida. Rich was 71 years old. During the time that the Vietnam War was going on, Rich enlisted in the United States Navy in 1968 and served as an Aviation Engineer on the John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier until 1972.
After that, he uprooted his life and relocated to Columbus, Ohio, where he tied the knot with Pamela L. Ward, became a father to Nicole, earned his degree from Franklin University, and launched a lifelong career in the field of information technology. The beginning of “Dick’s” adventure was spent working as a Technical Engineer, with the primary goal of assisting the Department of Defense.
Because of his dedication, actions, achievements, and character, he was able to take on increasingly responsible jobs and continue his ascent up the management ranks into executive positions. His career and successes at Storage Technology, Sun MicroSystems, and Oracle highlighted his ability to produce success for well-known industry leaders and obtain award-winning recognition in sales time and time again. He moved his family to Virginia in 1984.
Since his “retirement” in 2007, when Richard more recently established Med-Hot Thermal Imaging as a frontrunner in the field of medical diagnostics, Richard has been quite successful. As a Technical Engineer and Vice President, he contributed to the success of Med-Hot alongside his sister, Carol Chandler, who is also the company’s owner, and his brother-in-law, David Rosenthal. In 2014, Rich moved to Lakeland permanently, and it was there that he met Susan, with whom he went on to form a deep and profound relationship.