Charles "Chuck" Harrison Chapman, 87, of Stockton, passed away March 28, 2014 in Lodi following a brief illness. Chuck was born May 7, 1926 in Oakland to Charles T. and Mildred Chapman. He graduated from Castlemont High School and following that served two years as a signalman in the United States Navy during World War II.
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Upon completion of his military service, Chuck married Ruth Nisbet, with whom he had three daughters: Janet Evelyn, Charlene Ruth and Susan Lynn. He served two years with the Piedmont Fire Department, after which he began a career in law enforcement that would span some 30 years. He served as an officer in the California Highway Patrol in Oakland and Stockton, the master calendar clerk and deputy jury commissioner of San Joaquin County and the Marshal of Lodi. He later married Carol Treadwell and had son Charles William Chapman. In 1971, he married Jerilynn Stallings and also added Michael Wayne to the family. After his retirement in 1985, Chuck remained quite active, founding Lodi Traffic School in 1987. He also enjoyed building and participated in the construction of several family homes over the years.
Chuck was involved in numerous organizations throughout his life. He served as president of the Lodi Lions Club, Master of the Lodi Masonic Lodge #256, President of the Lodi Grape Festival Board of Directors, Exalted Ruler of the Stockton Elks Club, #218, and as a board member of Unity of Stockton. He also served as the president of the California State Marshals Association.
Chuck is survived by his wife of nearly 43 years, Jeri Chapman; daughters Jan Odishoo (Jim), Chartz Northeimer, and Suzi Azevedo (John); sons Chuck Chapman (Dana) and Michael Stallings (Tricia); grandchildren Leesa Miner, J. Matthew Cecchini (Gwyn), Angela Sluder (Mark), Shelly Rivera (Chris), Sami Stallings, Dani Stallings and Riley Chapman; 11 great-grandchildren; nieces Barbara Bousley, Judi Pinheiro and Rebecca Dincolo; nephew Jeff Shields; sister-in-law Carole Shields; numerous great-nieces and nephews and countless friends. He was preceded in death by sisters Charlotte Chapman and Harriet Hannon (Robert) and niece Pat Lynch.
Chuck and Jeri loved spending time with friends and family and entertained often. Chuck's quick wit and sense of humor shined as he told jokes and stories around the table. He and Jeri enjoyed a wonderful life together: they embarked on several cruises, attended Stockton Civic Theater and traveled for more than 20 years by R/V across the United States. They spent extended time in the Palm Springs area and in southern Oregon. He also loved games and was an avid pinochle player, participating in a weekly group. He also enjoyed bingo and was often the winner of just about any game he played.
A funeral service to celebrate Chuck's life will be held at 11:30a.m. on April 3rd at Donahue Funeral Home, 123 N. School St., Lodi. A reception will follow. In leiu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the
Donahue Funeral Home
123 North School Street Lodi, CA 95240
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Apr. 1 to Apr. 8, 2014