William E. Chappel (1950 - 2016)

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William E. "Ernie" Chappel, 66, of Ramsey, formerly of Vandalia and Greenville, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at his home.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Unity Baptist Church on Ill. Route 185 in Vandalia, with the Rev. Joe Lawson officiating. A private family burial will be accorded. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of services on Saturday at the church. Memorials: Family YMCA of Fayette County, Kaskaskia College-Vandalia Campus or Vandalia Food Pantry. Miller Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at www.millerfh.net.
Mr. Chappel was born on Sept. 8, 1950, in Springfield, the son of William Lenval and Mary Louise (Lucco) Chappel, and grew up on a farm near Pocahontas. He married Tamara D. Meador-Lape on March 26, 1999, in Vandalia.
Ernie was currently serving on the Board of Directors of The First National Bank in Vandalia, and was a Past President and Chief Executive Officer of the bank. He list agriculture as his "hobby" and was involved with the family farm west of Greenville. When time permitted, he farmed his own land.
He was a graduate of Pocahontas/Grant Fork Grade School; Highland High School, 1968; University of Illinois, 1972, with a bachelor's degree; Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, 1978, with a master's degree in business administration. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.
Ernie began his banking career in 1971 with a part-time job of wrapping coins in the basement of Champaign National Bank. His first full-time position in banking was with First National Bank (now First Bank) in Greenville. In 1978, he moved to Vandalia, and was named Senior Vice President of Farmers and Merchants Bank, becoming President in 1981. When the bank sold in 1984, he remained as president of both the Vandalia and Greenville banks. In 1990, he resigned and became president of First National Bank in Vandalia.
He was active in numerous community organizations and activities, including Rotary Club, Family YMCA of Fayette County, Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Commission, Park District and I-70 Community Development Corp., all of Vandalia. Other activities include: Kaskaskia College Foundation, co-chair for its capital campaign for the new satellite campus in Vandalia; Greenville Regional Hospital Board of Directors; Community Bankers Association of Illinois and St. Louis Federal Reserve Board of Directors.
He is survived by his wife; children, Christopher J. "Chris" Chappel and Beth of Maryville, William Ryan Chappel of Vandalia, Melissa D. Lounsbury and Ken of Winfield, Megan K. Miller and Kyle of Aurora, Lesley L. Lape of Riverview, Fla., and Adam E. Lape of St. Petersburg, Fla.; grandchildren, Jack, Dylan, Elijah, Lydia, Brynley, Jaelyn and Peyton, and one on the way; sisters, Gena Moore and Jeff, and Cari Outman and Jeff, both of Greenville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Cynthia K. "Cindy" Chappel.
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Published in The Leader-Union from Jan. 26 to Feb. 8, 2017
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