Willard M. Chapple, 83, of Ransom Twp., died Monday afternoon at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton. His wife was the late Hilda J. Chapple, who died in 1994.
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Born in Ransom Twp., he was the son of the late Merlin and Bertha Pahl Chapple. He was a 1946 graduate of Newton-Ransom High School, and served in the Army during the Korean War. He worked various construction jobs and also worked for MetLife Insurance Co. Before his retirement in 1993, he was a caseworker for the state Department of Welfare. He served on the Abington Heights School Board from 1962 to 1983. He was a member of the Abington Memorial VFW Post 7069 in Clarks Summit, and a member of the Waverly Masonic Lodge 301 F&AM.
He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying deer hunting, firearm sports and fishing, especially Canadian fishing trips at remote camps.
Surviving are three sons, Brian and wife, Brenda, Ransom Twp.; Steven, Ransom Twp.; and David, Flagstaff, Ariz.; and three grandchildren, Ben, Brooke and Madison.
He was also preceded in death by a half-sister, Margaret Stout.
A masonic service will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. from the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.
Friends may call from 5 until time of service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Waverly Lodge 301, 134 Basalyga St., Jessup, PA 18433.
For directions or to send an online condolence, visit www.lawrenceeyoungfuner alhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Oct. 10, 2012