John W. Chapman, Sr., 85, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2013 at the Sterling Pointe Senior Community in Princeton.
John William Chapman, Sr. was born October 09, 1927 in Spencer Brook Township in Isanti County to George and Edna (House) Chapman. He was united in marriage to Gladys Mae Onstott on September 06, 1947 in Cambridge.
John served in the US Air Force from 1952-1956. He went through basic training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas and transferred to Fort Lewis, Wash. for training. He then was stationed at Smokey Hill AFB in Salina, Kan., where he and Mae lived for 3 ½ years until he was discharged. Besides working on the family farm in his younger years, he drove a concrete ready-mix truck for the Charles M. Friedheim Company from 1951 (time out for service duty) until 1985 when he retired. John loved to cook, hunt, fish, and tinker with taxidermy projects.
He was preceded in death by wife Gladys and daughter Joan Lafon Chapman Sidla.
He is survived by his son John, Jr. (Mary) of Princeton; grandchildren Steve, Jr. (Jessica) Sidla of Sartell, Lucas Chapman of Princeton, and Elizabeth(Chase) Wood of Summerville, S.C.; great-granchild Taylor Sidla;and sister Evelyn LaVander of Edina.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 2 at 11 the Fresh Waters United Methodist Church – Brook Campus. Interment followed at the Lakeside Cemetery.