Donald Paul Chapman went peacefully into the presence of the Lord on Saturday, November 30, 2019.
He was born in 1930 to parents, Roy and Iva Chapman. Don was a 1948 Plainwell High School graduate. He was employed by Schafer’s Bakery as a delivery salesman for 33 years. Following his retirement he fulfilled a dream of being in law enforcement by joining the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy in the Marine Division. He spent the next 13 years in service on the lakes of Allegan County and teaching boating safety at several schools in the county.
Don loved the out-of-doors, enjoying especially tennis and softball. He was a deer hunter for over 70 years, hunting mostly in the Iron and Presque Isle counties of northern Michigan. He was married to Joanne Brown in 1949, celebrating 70 years of marriage this year.
Don was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He left us with a legacy of many cherished and fun memories and will be missed greatly by his family.
Surviving are his wife; sons, Michael of Brighton, Mark, John (Linda) and Aaron (Kathy) all of Kalamazoo and Eric (Jodi) of Allegan; fifteen grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and his brother, Dale (Leslie) Chapman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, David; son, Jeffrey and daughter-in-law, Patty.
According to his wishes, cremation has taken place.
Friends may visit with Don’s family starting at 9:00 A.M., Thursday, December 5, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Plainwell until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor George Osborn and Pastor Doug Kranenburg officiating.
Contributions in memory of Donald may be made to First Baptist Church of Plainwell or Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.
Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.