CUBA, N.Y. - Ronald J. Chapman Sr., 74, of 9032 Main St., Rushford, passed away unexpectedly Monday (Dec. 2, 2013) at home.
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Friends will be received at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service Inc., 9 Bull St., Cuba, today from 10 to 11 a.m., at which time funeral services will be held. The Rev. Jonathan D. Ward, pastor of North Park Wesleyan Church, Cuba, will officiate. Friends were also received Friday evening.
Born on Feb. 8, 1039, in Cadiz, N.Y., he was a son of Charles and Tessie Deveraux Chapman. On July 10, 1970, in the Salamanca Baptist Church, he married Marilynn M. Lundergann, who predeceased him Dec. 31, 2009.
Ron attended Belfast Central School. He then enlisted in the United States Army from May 21, 1956, until May 28, 1958. He was a private first class automotive repairman at the time of his discharge. He was always proud of his military service and being a veteran.
Mr. Chapman worked construction for many years, was the maintenance director for Bradford (Pa.) Hospital for a number of years and retired from Corrpro Corp. in Connors, Ga., where he had been a field technician working alongside his wife.
He loved refurbishing and repairing old Farmall Tractors and just recently finished the restoration of a Model I that he built from scratch. He enjoyed watching NASCAR and was a sports fanatic. In his younger years he enjoyed bowling and hunting with his friends on Jackson Hill.
Surviving are four sons, David C. Chapman of Bradford, Pa., Timothy J. (Lisa) Chapman of Cuba, Ronald J. Chapman Jr. of Pfligerville, Texas, and James "Jim" L. Chapman of Machias; a daughter, Beth (Kevin) Rhodes of Groveland; 13 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth DeRock of Olean and Abbie Cleveland of Arcade; his loving dog, Xena; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents he was predeceased by three brothers, Alfred, Wayne and Raymond Chapman; a sister, Nellie Rodgers; and his lifelong friend, Paul Shaller Sr.
Burial will be in White Cemetery, Rushford.
Online condolences may be sent at www.rinkerfuneralhome.com
Memorials may be made to the SPCA serving Allegany County, Route 19 Stannards, Wellsville, N.Y., 14895.
Mark F Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service Inc
9 Bull St
Cuba, NY 14727
Published in The Bradford Era from Dec. 7 to Dec. 14, 2013