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Richard Allen Chapman

When reflecting on the life of Richard Chapman, words such as hard working, quiet, and gentle come to mind, yet the word that is most fitting to describe him would be selfless. Richard had a generous heart and loved to give back to the community he loved. There simply wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for a friend or family member in need. A lover of the outdoors, he spent a lifetime of fishing, boating, and relaxing with family and friends around Bear Lake and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Never one to hold a grudge or share a bad word about anyone, Richard was an exceptionally accepting and caring man. He leaves behind a wonderful collection of fond memories shared over the years for his many close friends and family to treasure for generations.

Not much could be said about the 1940’s without some reference to WWII. In fact, June 6th of 1944 was the war’s most notorious day, D-Day, which occurred on the beaches of Normandy, marking the end of the war in Europe. During that same year, Richard was born to Charles Edward and Thelma May (Armstrong) Chapman on December 3rd in Marion, Indiana. Born a youngest son after Charles and Donald, he lived a happy childhood full of adventure and boyhood wonder.

Growing up with a set of hardworking parents, Richard respected a hard day’s work from an early age. His father was a truck driver and his mother worked long hours at a machine factory. Raising all boys, there is no doubt that they each stirred up their fair share of trouble! As a young child, Richard showed interest in building model airplanes and playing with miniature plastic Army men, which kept him busy. Richard was especially close with his older brother, Don who joined him in playing countless hours of swimming during their summers together. They also did some rabbit hunting, fishing, and played baseball to fill those long summer days. During the winter months, the boys all enjoyed spending time out on the ice skating or playing a competitive game of hockey. Although they had their typical dose of sibling rivalry, those formative years established a close bond that lasted well into their adult years. As a teen, Richard kept his teachers on their toes and it was often said that Wolf Lake High School let him graduate because they didn’t want him back! So it was no surprise that one of his proudest moments for him and his family was when he graduated with the Class of 1962!

Before then the family had relocated to Bear Lake to be closer to Richard’s Aunt Clesta and Uncle Verly. They owned a cabin and a house on nearby Dollar Lake. Richard’s family moved into their cabin before settling into a house of their own. Richard loved living on the lake and shared so many wonderful memories there with his brothers and extended family. However, Bear Lake would prove to be even more important as it was the setting for meeting his bride-to-be, Sharon Grabner. Hanging out with mutual friends around the area, they were introduced and the rest is history! Joining in marriage on March 29,1969, they couldn’t wait to start their lives together. He and Sharon lived a modest life raising their four wonderful children; Susan, Sarah, Richard, and Daniel. Close-knit and content in one another’s company, they taught them the simple values in life; to be kind, to be caring, and to live life to the fullest! Family meant everything to Richard, and he was proud of each and every one of them.

He and Sharon spent many wonderful years together until sadly she passed away in January of 2011. Richard continued on after and leaned on his special interests to keep himself busy. He loved the solitude of fishing and gardening and in the long winter months, he enjoyed watching old Western movies or PBS. Although he loved his role as a father, Richard was delighted to have grandchildren. Charles, Robert, William, and Lucie brought him great joy and he loved spending time with each of them. He looked forward to visiting with them and sharing in their many accomplishments. Sadly, Richard passed away and his warm personality, as well as his unconditional love for his special friends and close family, will be greatly missed.

Richard Allen Chapman, 72 of Payne passed away July 22, 2017, at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, Indiana. He worked at Tuthill Corp in New Haven. Richard will be sadly missed by his children, Susan (Charles) Tebbe of Holland, Michigan, Sarah (Chad) Thornell of Convoy, Ohio, Richard II (Wendy) of Niles, Michigan & Daniel of Onondaga, Michigan; his 98 year old mother, Thelma (nee Armstrong) of Columbia City, Indiana; brother, Donald of Wolf Lake, Indiana & grandchildren, Charles Tebbe & Robert, William & Lucie Chapman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon (Grabner), father, Charles & brother, Charles. Service is Saturday, 11 am with viewing one hour prior at Dooley Funeral Home, 5761 SR 500, Payne. Viewing is also Friday, 4 – 7 pm at Dooley Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest at Lehman Cemetery. Memorials are to be made to Memorial Regional Cancer Center, 615 N. Michigan St, South Bend, Indiana 46601. Fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

Richard Allen Chapman, 72 of Payne passed away July 22, 2017 at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, Indiana

Richard was born in Marion, Indiana of Dec. 3, 1944.

He worked at Tuthill Corp., New Haven. Richard will be remembered by his family and friends as a quiet, gentle man.

Richard will be sadly missed by his children, Susan (Charles) Tebbe of Holland, Michigan,  Sarah (Chad) Thornell of Convoy, Ohio, Richard II (Wendy) of Niles, Michigan & Daniel of Onondaga, Michigan; mother, Thelma (nee Armstrong) of Columbia City, Indiana; brother, Donald of Wolf Lake, Indiana &  grandchildren, Charles Tebbe & Robert, William & Lucie Chapman 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon (Grabner), father, Charles & brother, Charles.

Service is Saturday, 11 am with viewing one hour prior at Dooley Funeral Home, 5761 SR 500, Payne.

Viewing is also Friday, 4 – 7 pm at Dooley Funeral Home.

He will be laid to rest at Lehman Cemetery.

Memorials are to Memorial Regional Cancer Center, 615 N. Michigan St, South Bend, Indiana 46601

Fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com


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Dear Susan, Sarah, Richard II, Daniel and families......
First, let me say how very nice your Father's 'obituary' and 'life history' submission was. Such a great story that revealed such a GREAT MAN!! Secondly, I just want you to know that it was indeed my pleasure to have known both your Dad and Mom during the several years that I served them as their insurance agent in Payne. There were a number of folks that I sincerely enjoyed visiting with in their home about insurance (and other issues for that matter!) and your parents were among them!! Since then and for as long as I live, every time I pass by their home on the Ohio/Indiana State Line, I will fondly reflect on our friendly relationship that we had for oh so many years. May they rest in peace and may you be strengthened by God's presence at this most difficult time. With my/our sympathy, Jim and Vicki Hooker, Mesa, AZ

Jim Hooker Aug 6 2017 12:00 AM

To the Chapman Family.
I was so blessed to have your Dad as a friend. We worked together at Tutthill. I found out that my husband worked with RC's brother at Harvester. I told RC one day he wasn't any think like Don. He was so quite and Don was a stinker in a good way. As years when on and so did our work years, You could tell they were brother. No wonder RC laughed when I said he was not like his brother. He was so proud of his family. I got the best sloppy joe recipe from your Mom. So blessed that god brought them both into my life. RIP RC.

Glenna Martin Jul 30 2017 12:00 AM

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A candle was lit in memory of Richard Chapman

Chuck and Susan Jul 26 2017 12:00 AM

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Peace be with you during this trying time. Our greatest sympathy. Larry & Sherry Nyuli

Expression of Sympathy Jul 26 2017 12:00 AM

Jennifer,

Thank you so very much for your kind words. Dad truly enjoyed everyone at Wellbrooke. Everyone there was always so nice to not only him, but each one of us when we visited.

Sarah Jul 25 2017 12:00 AM

Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. Thelna, Don & Phyllis ,I will always remember Rich as one of the Wolf Lake guys who hung around the station. He loved cars,hot rods. Seeing him at Walkers. He was a funny & sweet guy. Our sincerest sympathy. May all the memories help the families & friends with their grief.

Garry & Sherri(Smitty)Hitzfield Jul 25 2017 12:00 AM

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