Raymond Chapman, 96

Raymond Chapman, 96Raymond "Chappy" Chapman, 96, from West Bend was born to new life May 3, 2017.

He was the beloved son of the late Henry and Minnie (Meyer) Chapman and a brother to 10 siblings: Milford, Elmer, Eugene, Jerry, Laverne, Leroy, Lucille, Leo, Clarence and Richard. All have preceded him in death.

Also, preceding him on his heavenly journey were his daughter-in-law, Jodie, and his special bride Helen, fondly referred to as "Schatzie."

They were united in marriage Sept. 2, 1946, at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church and enjoyed 69 years of wedded happiness together.

Interestingly, Ray received his name "Ray" as he was born in an attached shelter to their home in Random Lake. The sunshine was brightly beaming down through the window above the crib. So his parents decided to name him "Ray."

Raymond honorably served in the U.S. Army during World War ll as a corporal cooking for officers. He was stationed in Africa and Italy. Ray was a member of the VFW for many years.

Chappy’s career included working in a factory, painting, working as an apprentice electrician and meat cutting. In 1959, Ray opened Chapman’s Market on the north side of town. His meat market was famous for its summer sausage, brats and minute steaks. He serviced customers across the country and forwarded summer sausage to soldiers in Vietnam.

His business success was attributed to a strong work ethic and a jovial personality, which he whole-heartedly shared with his customers, friends and family.

Hobbies included fishing, fishing and fishing. He loved fishing! He also spent much time in the woods gathering morel mushrooms and hickory nuts.

Ray has a passion for woodcarving. Many people over the years were the happy recipients of whittled folk-art birds, fish, Christmas ornaments and human figurines. Amazingly, he never charged anyone for these works of art and he was always willing to teach anyone interested in the hobby. At 96, he still turned out figures using only a pocket knife, continuing to make people happy.

It’s what he did. Chappy was a very social individual willing to help out where needed and caring for his fellow senior-living residents these past three years.

Those left behind to cherish this special person’s memory include his sons, Mark (Jean) and Ken (fiancée Jayne), grandchildren: Dawn (Jim) Pierce, Angela (Joe) Zeka, Stacy (Kelby) Stewart, Kori, Krista and Noah Chapman: great-grandchildren; Riley Pierce, Nathaniel, Tyler and Ashlynn Zeka, Colton and Liam Stewart; and many friends and admirers.

The family wishes to thank in a special way those whom helped Ray in his final days. These include nurse Kelly (Doc), the New Perspective caregivers, and the Four Seasons Hospice staff. May God bless and reward them for their extraordinary care.

A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, May 12, at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church with the Rev. Justin Lopina presiding. Burial will follow in Holy Angels Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church Friday from 9:30-10:45 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Frances Cabrini, St. Vincent de Paul, or a charity of your choice.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.