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Lorrine G. (Rutten) Chappell


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Lorrine G. (Rutten) Chappell Obituary
Lorrine G. Chappell was born April 25, 1922 and departed this life on May 29, 2017. Lorrine was born in Genoa, Nebraska, the second child to George and Martha (Zarek) Rutten. As a child she moved with her family to a farm south of Hay Springs, Nebraska. Growing up Lorrine learned from her parents how to survive on what the farm offered. Growing up during the depression, she also learned to be self-sufficient and to not waste what could be transformed into something else. This was a trait that she carried through the rest of her life. Though life was always busy, the Rutten family also found time for fun, singing together and entertaining at the grange meetings. As a young teenager, Lorrine moved to Hays Springs so she could attend high school. Lorrine worked for a family there in exchange for room and board. Upon graduation she got a job at the local bank and worked there until her younger sister graduated. The two then moved to Colorado Springs and found jobs. When her sister, Marion married and moved to Massachusetts she asked Lorrine to move out there. Lorrine worked for a while at the Ocean Spray factory until she decided to move back to Nebraska.
Back in Nebraska, Lorrine met Delmar William "Bill" Chappell and the two were married on December 31, 1947. To this union were born three children, James William, Debra Sue and Tamara Lou. Lorrine and Bill owned and operated IGA grocery stores in Rushville Nebraska and Pine Ridge, South Dakota. In March of 1963, they moved their family to Akron, Colorado in hopes of finding education for their daughter Tammy who was born with Down's syndrome. In Akron they purchased the Ben Franklin dime store from Hank and Ida Mae Prince, operating the store for ten years. Lorrine started working for the Citizens National Bank and worked there until her retirement in 1989. Lorrine and Bill along with other area parents of special needs children helped to form the White Center in Julesburg, Colorado.
After Bill's sudden passing in September of 1989, Lorrine rediscovered her love of dancing and attended many dances throughout the area. She was also able to do some traveling, especially enjoying her cruise to Alaska. Lorrine made many friendships with the people she met at the dances, including her good friend Larry Gaschler.
Lorrine decided to move to Sterling to be closer to and help care for her daughter Tammy who was living at the North Division residence. Lorrine and Tammy were able to spend a lot of quality time enjoying one another and making wonderful memories.
As her health declined, Lorrine moved back to Akron to live at the Washington County Nursing Home.
Though it wasn't an easy adjustment for her she began to truly care for a lot of the staff, having several "favorites" and developed friendships with the residents.
Lorrine was preceded in death by her parents, George and Martha Rutten, brothers Leonard Rutten and Robert Rutten, sister, Marion Rutten Davis, her husband D.W. "Bill" Chappell, infant son Harold and daughter Tammy. Those left to miss her are her son, Jim Chappell and wife Maribeth of Peoria, AZ. Daughter Debra Cowan and husband, Dell of Akron, CO. Grandson, Eric Chappell and wife Deanna of Goodyear, AZ, granddaughter Erin Cowan Hill and husband Brandon of Akron, grandson Mike Cowan and fiancée Kristina Lowe of Burlington, CO and great-granddaughters Isabel Lorrine Hill and Rylee Dale Hill of Akron. Her cherished friends Larry Gaschler, Carol Nicklas and Lois Wolever of Sterling, CO.
A memorial service was held June 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Akron United Methodist church in Akron, CO with memorials going to the Northeast Colorado Services for Developmentally Disabled in Sterling, CO.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on June 7, 2017
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