Chapin Heumann (1920 - 2016)

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Chapin Heumann of Juneau passed away of natural causes at age 95 on January 11, 2016 while visiting son Michael, daughter-in-law Nina, and granddaughter Christina in Calabasas, California. Chapin was a 30-year resident of Juneau, Alaska where he enjoyed many friendships, was a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity (Episcopal), and participated in numerous volunteer organizations.

Born on September 28, 1920, Chapin grew up in Glen Osborne, Pennsylvania. He was named after his 10th great grandfather Deacon Samuel Chapin, an historic early American clergyman whose statue in Springfield, Massachusetts is known as "The Puritan." In the years leading up to World War II Chapin began engineering studies at Lehigh University. His studies were interrupted by the pending war which prompted a move to Camden, New Jersey where he participated in the construction of the battleship USS South Dakota and 18 other U.S. navy vessels. When war started he enlisted in the U.S. Army, completed officer training school, had a tour of duty at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and ultimately led an army engineering platoon in the Philippines. Following the war, he returned to Lehigh, completed his mechanical engineering degree, and began a 38 year career in engineering design and sales specializing in conveyor equipment for the Mathews Conveyer Company.

Chapin met the love of his life, Margaret (Betty) Kerr, during the war and the couple married on November 22, 1947. Chapin and Betty enjoyed 52 years of marriage during which they resided in Ellwood City and Ben Avon Heights, Pennsylvania, and Lake Bluff, Illinois before moving to Juneau in 1985. Their move to Juneau was prompted by the birth of three grandsons and was the start of a 30 year Alaska adventure. Chapin loved Alaska immediately and adventured to Admiralty Island by kayak, hiked the Chilkoot Trail at age 72 with several daughters-in-law, sailed with son Bill, camped with son Jim and enjoyed exercise and good company at Juneau's Augustus Brown Pool. Chapin lost Betty to cancer in 1999 and lived independently for the remainder of his life.

Chapin developed many Juneau friendships in the community and while volunteering with local schools, Polaris House, Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc. (JAMHI), and the National Alliance for Mentally Ill (NAMI Juneau) for which he taught numerous "Family to Family" classes. As members of Church of the Holy Trinity, Betty founded the Mustard Seed gift shop and Chapin served on the vestry, led efforts resulting in restoration and preservation of the church's six historic Frances Davis paintings, and enjoyed many years of fellowship with its Saturday morning men's breakfast group.

Chapin was lovingly devoted to his children, grandchildren and great grand-children as they grew up and as adults. He attempted to attend every game and performance and was always available to talk. In his final year, Chapin was thrilled to participate in the wedding of daughter Jane to Richard Barrett of Portland, Oregon and enjoy his 95th birthday celebration with many friends and family.

Preceded in death by wife Betty, Chapin is survived by sons Michael (Nina) of Calabasas, California, William (Marjorie Menzi) and James (Katharine) of Juneau, Andrew (Libby) of Mundelein, Illinois, and daughter Jane (Richard Barrett) of Portland, Oregon. He is additionally survived by grandchildren Michael Chapin (Maria Montchal), Andrew, Christina, Michael Paul, Laura Chapin (Derik Wythe), Alexander (fiancée Letasha McKoy), Lindsey Hegdahl (Chad), Stephen and (to date) three great grandchildren (Myla, Averie and Jaxson Heumann Wythe). Chapin also leaves behind Marjorie's children Elizabeth, Keith, Jennifer, Michael Deborah, David Gorsuch and their families.

Friends are invited to attend Chapin's memorial service on Saturday, January 23, 2:00 pm at Church of the Holy Trinity, located at 415 Fourth Street. Service will begin at 2:00 pm and will be followed by a reception in McPhetres Hall. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial donations may consider NAMI Juneau, Juneau's Church of the Holy Trinity, or a .
Published in The Juneau Empire from Jan. 20 to Feb. 19, 2016
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