A memorial service was held for Chandler Grant Nickerson, 16, of Fairbanks, Alaska at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Nickerson family lake house in Lakeside.
Chandler was born Feb. 27, 1997. He was raised by Melanie Nickerson and Daniel Banks. In his youngest years, he grew up with his oldest sister, Kristine older brother, Mitchell and younger sister, Savanah. He passed away tragically Aug. 5, 2013, in Fairbanks, leaving behind countless friends and family members who cared deeply for him.
Chandler attended Pearl Creek Elementary School until second grade, at which time he moved to Portland with his mother and younger sister. He spent eighth grade at Randy Smith Middle School while living with Dan in Fairbanks. He then returned to Oregon and attended high school in Eagle Point and Cottage Grove. At 15, he moved back to Fairbanks and attended West Valley High School until the present time.
While in Fairbanks, he spent many hours working hard at the family gravel business, on the field practicing with the high school football team and in the gym fulfilling his passion for wrestling. Any time he had left, he spent with family.
Chandler was accomplished in his academics and was an enthusiastic athlete. He also was a loving brother and well known for his charm and charisma. Those who knew him might note his ability to make those around him laugh and the undeniable spark of mischief in his grin.
Chandler will be greatly missed by family, his football and wrestling teammates and many friends. He is survived by his mother, Melanie Nickerson of Cottage Grove; fathers Dan Banks and Charlie Chausse, both of Fairbanks; siblings Kristine Chausse, Mitchell Chausse and Jasen Chausse of Fairbanks and Savanah Nickerson of Cottage Grove; grandparents Carolyn and David Chausse of Fairbanks; grandparents Vicki Nickerson of Talent, Jim “Butch” Nickerson of Cottage Grove and Bonnie and Mack Banks of Wisconsin; uncles Jim and Paula Nickerson of White City, Matthew Banks of Wisconsin and Craig and Brittney Chausse of Fairbanks; aunts Cheryl Banks of Wisconsin, Jennie and Dan Steele of Laguna Niguel, Calif. and Eliana Chausse of Fairbanks and cousins, Benjamin and Madeleine Steele, and Aiden and Ahna Chausse.
Arrangements are under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel, Coos Bay, Oregon. Sign the guest book at www.coosbayareafunerals.com