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Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Starts at 2:00pm (Mountain time)
A loving dad, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend passed away May 26, 2023, at the age of 94 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He lived in Sandy, Utah for many years due to his love of horses.
He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 28, 1928, to Charles and Cleo Chapman. He is preceded in death by his wife Ruby, son David, parents Charles and Cleo, and brother Gary (Anita). He is survived by his daughter, Sandy Peters, sister, Shirley Wilkinson, grandchildren, Ashley Castle, husband Jon, Michael Hudson, wife Crystal, Jessica Peters, Sarah Peters and Katie Parry, husband Mike and great grandchildren Sage Castle and Nathan Castle, as well as many nieces and nephews.
He served in the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He was awarded the Victory Medal World War II and the Korean Service Medal with Engagement Star.
He worked as a supervisor at Unisys until his retirement when he joined the Division of Wildlife Resources as a Wildlife Resources Officer. This he did for many years as it was his dream job.
He earned a certificate of business at the University of Utah and was always learning and growing. He shared his knowledge with his family and friends and was always there to help.
Ruby was the love of his life and they spent many, many years together having adventures and building their lives with their family. They loved to camp and fish, and dad always said mom had the “magic pole.”
His hobbies were many and varied to include upholstery, hunting, woodworking, camping, fishing and ATVing. His woodworking earned him a Citizen’s of Merit Award from Sandy City commending him for his contribution of his handmade wooden toys to the children of Shriner’s Hospital for over 20 years. He made beautiful wooden boxes, wagon trains, cars, trains and many other unique items in his shop.
His sense of humor never waned. He had many friends and loved to make them laugh. He was an example of how a man should treat others as he was always helping those in need. He loved his kids, his grandkids, his great grandkids and his family immensely and spent his last day doing what he loved most, ATVing with his family in the great outdoors at his favorite spot - Vernon Reservoir. He left this world with kind words, telling me “It will be okay.” That is the man he was. Strong, independent and always taking care of his family. We will miss you dad, grandpa, uncle, brother and friend. The world has lost a great man.
Graveside military honors will be held at Camp Williams Veterans Memorial Park, 17111 South Camp Williams Road, Bluffdale, Utah 84065 on June 14, 2023, at 1400 (2:00 PM).