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CHARLES JAMES (JIM) CHAPMAN


1927 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
CHARLES JAMES (JIM) CHAPMAN Obituary
Chapman, Charles James (Jim), departed his earthly life on July 18, 2014. He was born in Sigourney, Iowa on January 7, 1927. Jim died of natural causes at his home in Anaheim. Tired of shoveling snow in Iowa, he moved with his family to Anaheim in 1941. At age 16 he joined the US Navy where he would spend the next 30 years of his life serving in WW II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War. His chosen area of naval service was a Boatswains Mate, one of the oldest and most distinguished rates in the navy. This rate however kept Jim away from his family much of the time, as it was a shipboard deck position so he worked hard and rose to the rate of Senior Chief Boatswain's Mate, the highest rate in the navy without being an officer. He was also a Company Commander in San Diego at the Naval Training Center training young sailors in boot camp and worked as Shore Patrol in Long Beach. After his naval service and military retirement in 1972 Jim got his real estate and brokers license and spent the rest of his life in the Orange County area listing and selling property. In 1948 he married the love of his life Phyllis Ruth Hill (Petey). They would have been married 66 years on this past July 21st. Jim is survived by his wife, Phyllis Chapman of Anaheim, son Mark Chapman of San Clemente and his wife Diane, daughter, Tracie Keough of Yorba Linda and her husband Tom, and his pride and joy grandson, Mark Keough, also of Yorba Linda. For his last and final deployment, Jim will be buried at sea with full military honors. HILGENFELD MORTUARY


Published in Orange County Register on July 25, 2014
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