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Former Kansas City Times Editor John Chandley Dead at 79

April 18, 1988

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ John S. Chandley, managing editor of The Kansas City Times for 14 years, has died at age 79.

Chandley, who died Sunday at St. Joseph Medical Center, had worked for the Times since 1929, rising from reporter to copy editor to afternoon city editor and in 1960 to managing editor.

He retired in 1974, saying, ″If I had to do it all over again, I’d do it the same. It’s been the shortest 45 years of my life and, really, I’ve never regretted one day of it.″

People who worked with Chandley remembered him as a gruff, but warm-hearted man who loved to tell stories and believed the best story ideas came from bars.

″He was an excellent editor,″ said Donald D. Jones, the readers’ representative for newspaper and a former city editor and reporter under Chandley. ″He demanded near-perfection. You didn’t come back with half- reported stories.″

Chandley, born the son of a railroad dispatcher in Ellis, Kan., once said he did not believe writing was his strength. ″But I think I have a feel for stories,″ he said. ″It’s an instinct. That’s the only way I can describe it.″

Chandley had served as president of the Missouri Associated Press Editors and as president of the Kansas City Press Club and Kansas City Star Public Activities Association.

He is survived by his wife, Carol, and a daughter, Barbara Puckett of Terre Haute, Ind.

Funeral arrangements were not complete.