Earl Chance spent most of his adult life living in Northwest Indiana, but never lost the love of the northern Wisconsin woods where he spent his early years, said his daughter, Laura Keller.
“He loved being outdoors, and he loved to fish,” Keller said. “He was happy when he was outside.”
Earl Chance, 87, of Lake Station, died Dec. 29. He worked 40 years for Area Sheet Metal. He was a member of Community Presbyterian Church and was a World War II Navy veteran.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Chance. The couple met through her cousin, who was a friend in the Navy. The couple corresponded through the mail during the war and were married upon his return.
They settled in Lake Station, and in 1955 moved into the home that Chance had built.
“They lived there more than 50 years, and he lived there until his death,” she said.
Chance loved music, and loved to sing in the church choir.
“He had a beautiful tenor voice,” his daughter said.
He loved his church, and was involved in many capacities, including serving as an elder, deacon and member of the choir.
Keller said her father was a good listener who had a gentle soul.
She said she admired his work ethic and his devotion to family.
“He was a man of integrity, and he was always honest and trustworthy, gentle and fair,” she said. “He was very proud of his family.”