GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - Four men were sentenced yesterday to spend the rest of their lives in prison for kidnapping, raping and murdering a young hotel clerk in 1979.

A jury convicted the five, all now in their 50s or 60s, last month in the death of Janet Chandler, a 22-year-old student at Hope College who was abducted from her job at the Blue Mill Inn, taken to a nearby home, gang-raped and strangled.

A snowplow driver discovered her body the next day about 35 miles south of Holland, home to both the hotel and college.

Convicted of two counts of felony murder each were James Cleophas "Bubba" Nelson, 60, of Rand, W.Va.; Arthur Carlton Paiva, 55, of Muskegon; Freddie Bas Parker, 50, of Powellton, W.Va.; and Anthony Eugene Robert Williams, 56, of Boscobel, Wis.

The men were security guards patrolling a labor strike. *