A funeral service celebrating the life of Roy James Chapman, age 92, of Heath, will be held on Thursday, August 10, at 1 p.m. at The Heath Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service with Pastor Ray Linn officiating. Burial will follow at Newark Memorial Gardens where the Licking County Veterans Alliance will provide military honors.
Roy passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the Selma Markowitz Care Center (operated by Hospice of Central Ohio). He was born October 19, 1924 in Portsmouth to the late Clarence James and Hannah (Meeks) Chapman.
Roy was a member of Heath Church of Christ. He retired from the Union Oil Company in 1989 and as a transport driver. He served in the U.S. Army in WWII (entering service on July 10, 1943 in the 748 Tank Battalion 3rd Army Division. His battalion entered Germany in 1944 after a campaign through France, Central Europe and Rhineland. Roy was awarded 4 Battle Stars and the Good Conduct Medal.) He was a member of the American Legion. Roy had a great sense of humor, had a few magic and card tricks and was always looking for ways to lend a helping hand.
My Dad was always full of life and was so much fun when we went on vacations and at home. He would play games with us inside and out in the yard. He led a clean and wholesome life and loved the Lord. He had a kind heart and everywhere he went, people would say that he was such a sweet man. He loved to bowl, golf and fish. He and my mom went fishing a lot on Lake Erie and caught a lot of fish at times and then we got to eat them. He taught us to work hard for what we wanted and to save money for what we wanted also. Whenever we would leave from visiting him, he would always tell us "don't take any wooden nickles!". That made us laugh.
Roy is survived by two children, Rhonda (Ken) Brown of Heath and Mark (Hilda) Chapman of Heath; three grandchildren Quinn Chapman and Jena Roach Carl(Doug) and Erica Sadowski (Billy); two great-grandchildren, Joseph and Tyler Davidson and two step-great-grandchildren Haley and Trevor Carl.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret L. Chapman in 1999, three brothers, one sister and one grandson, James Isaac Roach in 1999.
Family and friends may call on Thursday, August 10 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at The Heath Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service, 1249 Hebron Road, Heath.
Memorial contributions can be made to The Foundation for Hospice of Central Ohio, Post Office Box 430, Newark, Ohio 43058 or to Heath Church of Christ, 1331 Chapel Way, Heath, Ohio 43056.
Rhonda and family, We are so sorry for your loss. As you said, he will be dancing on the streets that are golden. May God comfort each and everyone of you. We will pray for your comfort. Please know that you have our deepest sympathy. Skip and Denna