Rev. Harvey L. Kandler
August 13, 1933 - January 7, 2014
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724 E. South River Street
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724 E. South River Street
Appleton, WI 54915
Sunday 1/12, 4:00 pm
Dale Union Cemetery
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Dale Union Cemetery
Monday 1/13, 11:00 am
Dale Union Cemetery
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Appleton, WI 54911
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Rev. Harvey Kandler, age 80, of Kaukauna, passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. He was born on August 13, 1933, in the Town of Chilton, the son of the late Louis and Laura (Awe) Kandler. After attending Chilton Public Schools he graduated from Lakeland College and Mission House Seminary with B.A. and B.D. degrees.…

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Kenneth Huber left a message on February 10, 2014:

I was saddened to learn of Harvey's passing. Our deepest sympathy to Nancy, the children their families. May our loving Lord Jesus give you all His comfort and peace.

Harvey's and my closeness in age, our desires to serve the Lord in ministry and interest in music (band) kept us close friends in H.S., but afterward we were separated geographically, Alaska, S. America, Texas and finally Florida. It was a joy, however, to keep in touch with him. I know he will be missed greatly.

Sheila and Ron Twellman left a message on January 14, 2014:

Harvey brought me into the UCC, counseled me, confirmed my daughter, married Ron and I and baptized my first granddaughter. I was honored to serve with him and know him and his family.. Harvey was a true inspiration to me and he will certainly be missed.
Our prayers go out to his family, I hope all the good times you have had bring comfort to you always.

Joe Botana left a message on January 13, 2014:

I am very saddened to hear that Rev. Harvey Kandler passed away. What a great man and enthusiastic friend of Lakeland College we've lost. I remember him well from my early days at LC including his involvement in EECW. My prayers and condolences to the entire family, and specially to daughter Kris who was a student of mine at LC. It was sad to see Harvey the last few years struggling with his walker and oxygen. I am glad the Lord has him home where he is strong and not suffering anymore.

Julie & Lloyd Coenen left a message on January 12, 2014:

Dear Mrs. Kandler, Craig and family- You have our deepest sympathy on the passing of your husband and father. He was a great man. We remember how he helped the boys of even other religions attain their scouting recognition awards years ago. Through the years we maintained friendships, especially as members of The Kaukauna Area Historical Society, where we will greatly miss his opinions and suggestions. We always admired his living example of faith, leadership, service and stamina. May our Lord be your source of comfort, peace and strength during this difficult time. God bless.

Judy Holcomb left a message on January 11, 2014:

To the family and close friends of Harvey Kandler,
My prayers are with all of you as you celebrate Harvey's life of service to the church and community. His love and support of Moon Beach was steadfast and a blessing to all of us who worked and volunteered at the Wisconsin camps. His work on the history of the camps was a great gift to the Wisconsin Conference. His legacy will live on for many years to come. Know that you are surrounded with much love as you mourn the loss of Harvey in the days and weeks to come.

Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Pegalena left a message on January 11, 2014:

With our heartfelt sympathy my dear sister and family , with our many warmest and loving memories of Harvey, we send our blessings and love . Pegalena and family

Michelle (Moyer) Halstead left a message on January 11, 2014:

I was blessed to have Rev. Kandler baptize me and fortunate to have his presence in my life. His living example of faith, leadership, and service is something of which we can all aspire, honoring a life well lived. Our condolences and prayers to the entire Kandler family.

Bernie and Marlyn Hupperts left a message on January 10, 2014:

What a great example of service, leadership and friendship Harvey is to so many of us. Our sympathy to Nancy and all the children and grandchildren. I want to note that my relationship with Harvey was, over so many years, one of the best. He recognized some qualities in me which he nurtured, and we worked together, at various times, for the good of Immanuel. Then, later, our work on the Moon Beach 50-year book and his continuing interest in First Congregational United Church of Christ, Eagle River, brought us back into contact. I can't close this guest book writing without noting how important and enlightening the trip to Turkey in the footsteps of Paul was, especially for me, as he asked me to read from various letters of Paul at the sites where they were written. And then, the trip to China, with its importance in term of cultural opening and awareness has got to be a highlight of our lives (Marlyn's and mine), as we shared those weeks over 2001 with Nancy, Harvey and some of our closest friends. Harvey's Post Crescent obituary uses the word "icon," and, indeed, Harvey was an icon in the Valley and beyond. So many memories of his leadership have been jolted out of the back of my thoughts by reading the memorial statement. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you Sunday and beyond.

Kim & Kris Kandler left a message on January 10, 2014:

I am sorry to hear of your father's passing. The 1 thing we know is that he is now healthy & enjoying the presence of God. Be encouraged on this thought.

Don and Carol Frank left a message on January 10, 2014:

Dear Nancy and Family, we would like you to know how sorry we were to learn of Harvey's passing. Please accept our sincere condolences and know our prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
It was an honor to share Rotary membership with Harvey. Lack of his presence, his prayers will leave a weekly void.
Don and Carol Frank

Richard & Joan Shropshire left a message on January 10, 2014:

To Nancy & Family - We are sure that Dear Harvey is leading the Saints in
Heaven, - still Preaching & Teaching. We remember Harvey thru Family Camps & UCC Conference committees. He was an inspiration to us & a
role model for all. We are blessed to have traveled some of life's journey
with Harvey.
We know that Harvey's passing leaves a huge hole in your family circle.
Now it's time to hug those happy memories! May the Love of God comfort
you & give you Courage & Peace.
S H A L O M, Richard & Joan Shropshire

Jerry Schranklef left a message on January 9, 2014:

Harvey has been a friend for 60 years. His love for church camping and Moon Beach never ended. When health limited his life he continued his ministry in reaching out to others by phone. He never gave up. Truly, he fought the good fight and finished the race! His family can be proud.
Jerry & Helene Schrankler .

Luke Bocher left a message on January 9, 2014:

Dear Nancy and family,
My sympathies to you on Harvey's death. It was a blessing to know him over the years. As I read the obituary, I was amazed at all he did (in ADDITION to all the many church activities I knew that he was active in!). He really was a wonderfully self-giving person, giving himself to his church, his community and his family.

May God heal your hearts and may we all give thanks to God for the life, work and blessings of Harvey's long, full and good life.

Luke Bocher

Jim & Judy Gavaert left a message on January 9, 2014:

Craig & Family, Judy & I offer you our deepest condolence . Your Father sounded like he did lots of nice things thru out his life. We did not realize that he was a Pastor and a good one.

He sure looked like you;matter of fact when I first saw the photo I thought it was you. You & Kristi sure must be proud of Collin's of All Conference selection.

Linda & Kevin & Rachel Voit left a message on January 9, 2014:

Nancy and family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are thinking of you and remembering your wonderful husband/father, who also happened to comfirm me, marry us, baptize our daughter, inform us of my parents' death and perform their funeral, plus made me endure hours of Christmas play practices in my formative years, developing my character, no doubt. When I think of the lives he touched in his full life in Kaukauna and Moon Beach and through all of you and his travels, it is something to behold. What a blessing to our world. Know we are thinking of you.

Jim Mohr left a message on January 9, 2014:

Dear Nancy and Family,
Blessings and comfort to you as you mourn the death and celebrate the life of one of God's saints. It was a pleasure to know Harvey for many years and in various capacities including serving as fellow pastors in the Northeast Association, camping, and finally our work on the Historical Committee of the Wisconsin Conference. Harvey's presence will surely be missed on our Historical Committee. He was a key member and contributed in many ways. Especially in the last couple years he would come into our meetings with his walker and oxygen, fully exemplifying Matthew 26:41: "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak." Certainly his spirit was a lot more willing than his flesh was weak because he contributed immensely to our work. He vigorously expressed his opinions and pushed for his agendas, but he was always ready to work with other members for the benefit of the committee and Christ's church. He served as a personal model for me of perseverance and persistence.
At an earlier time in my ministry you and Harvey sent me a personal card congratulating me on the 25th anniversary of my ordination. At the time I thought nobody cared, but Harvey did! (Of course a bit later my congregation did surprise me with a celebration, but at the time I thought only Harvey remembered.)
May the one whom Harvey followed his entire life be with you in these days and give you the same strength he gave Harvey during his years with us on this earth.
Rev. Jim Mohr

harvey kandler left a message on January 8, 2014:

My heartfelt sympathy to Mrs. Kandler and their children/grandchildren. I will always remember his caring and love for life which he proudly shared verbally and through photos with those around him. His prayers and Bible verses which he shared at my mother's bedside with us as she entered heaven peacefully will always be a comfort I will cherish and embrace. Pastor touched many lives and hearts .. and will truly be missed but will remain in our hearts in the days and years to come :)
Elizabeth Birschbach and family

Anne Piotrowski left a message on January 8, 2014:

I am so sorry to hear of Pastor's passing. He was such an integral part of my life, not only as a wonderful Pastor who helped me in my path as a Christian, but also as a wonderful father, husband and grandfather. I have such wonderful memories of Pastor on our long drives to Moon Beach in the summer to open the camp, the many sleepovers at your house with Kim and the family, and especially his being part of my wedding day. He will truly be missed and know that he is in Heaven. My very heartfelt prayers for all of you during this difficult time.

stuart merritt left a message on January 8, 2014:

Nancy and family, our hearts are with you in thought and prayer. We, at Lakeland, were saddened to hear of our friend, Harvey's passing. He was always the ardent friend of Mission House/Lakeland and we are the better for having known him. He was very good to me on a number of occasions and a pleasure to work with. May you all sense God's comfort.

Karrie Been left a message on January 8, 2014:

Dear family of Harvey, I am so sorry for you loss of such a great man. I remember fondly a school concert of Collin's which he attended. I had included a sing-along audience carol, and we could hear his joy in singing throughout the gym. :) He was always so kind, personable and fun to speak with. I imagine there are stories to be told of the kindness and wisdom which he poured out wherever he went. His life has made an impact on so many people. May God bless you in your time of grief, and know that I am thankful for knowing him.

Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Rev. Mark Schwinn left a message on January 8, 2014:

Harvey is the kind of pastor that I try to be myself. When my financial adviser asks me when I plan to retire I say, "Never". Even towards the end Harvey was an active, practicing pastor. He had some articles and papers that he had collected over the years, and he wanted me to have them. "But not all of them, Mark. Some of them I'm just not ready to part with yet. I might need them if I do pulpit supply sometime." Harvey, if you can read this where you are, I'd be honored to have whatever you wanted me to have now that you won't need them any more. When pastors like Harvey die I believe that they go onto Heaven so they can better watch over their fellow pastors who are still out in the field.

My heartfelt prayers for Harvey's wife and kids... we love you!!!

Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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