Karl M. "Jack" Chapman, 83, of Marysville, died Monday, April 21, 2014 at Memorial Hospital of Union County with his loving family by his side.
He retired as plant superintendent from Siemens where he served the Marysville facility for almost 30 years. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served six years during the Korean War era. He was stationed at Clarksville, Tenn. and in Guam and served aboard the USS Bradford based out of San Diego, Calif. He was a graduate of McClain High School in Greenfield. Following his discharge from the Navy, he attended Ohio University and The Ohio State University. As an athlete during the service, he played basketball and baseball. An outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, mushroom hunting and playing cards. He was an avid reader of books and newspapers. He was a member of Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Marysville Lodge 1130 and Palestine Lodge No. 158 F&AM.
Known as "Harv" to his buddies, he cherished spending time with his good friends. He was a devoted family provider and made every holiday, family gathering and camping trip extra special for those he loved. He especially enjoyed preparing gourmet dinners and cooking with his wife.
He was born March 9, 1931 in Wheelersburg, Scioto County, to the late Karl Leslie and Grace Beasley Chapman.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years and childhood elementary playmate, Frances "Maxine" Whitley, whom he married May 20, 1951 in Greenfield; his daughter, Karla (Gary) Poling, and his son, Reese (Kim) Robinson Chapman, both of Marysville; six grandchildren, Erin (David) Holmes, Cale Poling, Mick Poling and his fiancee, Lynsey Huggins, Tanner (Angie) Chapman, Colton Chapman and Darby Chapman; a great-grandson, Sawyer Ginyard; a sister, Janice Crowl of Illinois; a brother, David Chapman of Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Vesta Garwood of Marysville and Patty (Jim) Ferguson of Indiana; a brother-in-law, Gordon (Marianne) Whitley of Arizona; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and many good friends.
The family will receive friends 3-6 p.m. Thursday at the Underwood Funeral Home in Marysville, where an Elks memorial service and military honors will be conducted following the visitation.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation Central and Southeast Ohio Chapter, 2800 Corporate Exchange Dr., Suite 265, Columbus, Ohio 43231.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.