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Bernard R. "Sam" Chapman
Bernard R. FlagBernard R. "Sam" Chapman, 87, of Richwood

A funeral service for Bernard R. "Sam" Chapman will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, February 3, 2020 at the Rush Creek (Essex) United Methodist Church with close friend Pastor Dennis Peters officiating. Burial will follow at the Claibourne Cemetery. Friends and family may visit from 2 to 5 pm on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood. Masonic services will be held at 5 pm immediately followed by military honors conducted by the Richwood Area Veterans, all at the funeral home in Richwood.

The Price-McElroy Funeral Home is handling the arrangements with the assistance of The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood.

He passed away peacefully January 25, 2020 at his residence. Sam was born July 6, 1932 in Marion to the late Fred and Alice (Ruth) Chapman. On March 31, 1957 he married his wife of 52 years, Mary Yvonne (Marvin) and she preceded him in death on October 13, 2009.

He is survived by two daughters, Marsha (Bruce) Davis, Richwood and their children, Alison (Nick) Blakeley, Emily (Blake) McElroy and Timothy (Tiffany Grose) Davis; Lisa (Scott) McNamee, Richwood and their children Jennifer (Kyle) Jones and Grant (Jackee) McNamee; son, Tony (Joanie) Chapman, Ashland and their children, Elizabeth, Jonathon Chapman and Amber (Cory) Haldeman, 9 great-grandchildren, a brother; Charles "Bud" (Judy) Chapman of Harlingen, TX, †2 sisters-in-law; Charolette Sonnenberg and Doris Combs of Marion and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by 5 brothers; infant brother, Richard, Andrew, Jake, and Vernie Chapman, and a sister; Isabelle Ulsh.

Sam was a 1951 graduate of Claridon Schools where he played football, basketball and baseball. Upon graduation Sam entered the workforce at Central Soya in Marion, where he would later retire after 35 years of service. He soon decided to enlist in the U.S. Navy where he served on the U.S.S Marias during the Korean Conflict from 1952-1956. He often spoke about his travels while serving in the Navy with a grin from ear to ear, laughing as he told each story. In October Sam was selected to go on Honor Flight #99. In his opinion it was the trip of a lifetime.

Sam was a member of Mt. Carmel Lodge #303 F & AM, Baccarat American Legion Post #40 as well as Union County 40&8. He was a member of the former Central United Methodist Church in Richwood, now Rush Creek United Methodist Church. Sam enjoyed his time at The Center in Richwood playing cards every Tuesday, gardening during the spring and summer months and helping with R.E.A.P every Friday, which he was active in for almost 30 years. Sam loved watching North Union sporting events, but his greatest joy was watching his grandkids playing sports and showing their fair projects at the Richwood Fair. He will be greatly missed around the dinner table where he always gave the blessing at each and everything family gathering.

Memorial gifts may be made to Honor Flight Columbus, PO Box 12036 Columbus, OH 43212 or REAP, 235 Grove Street, Richwood, OH 43344.

Online condolences may be expressed at pricefh.net as well as www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Pam
Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 10:15 AM

To all of Sam's family, Iím so sorry for the loss of a great man. If you lived in Richwood you knew Sam, he was great part of a lot of fun memories and will be missed.

#2 from: Charlotte (Ulsh) Teti
Chandler, Arizona
Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 11:49 AM

Ray and I were so sorry to hear of your loss.  Sam was a caring, happy uncle, always ready to tell a story.  If we had a question about family history, he knew the answer.  He was a special man and he will be missed by everyone.
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.  God bless.

#3 from: Marsha K Harmon
La Rue
Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 11:59 AM

Lisa and family, I am so sorry for the passing of your father.  Know all of you are in my prayers.

#4 from: The Hamilton Family
Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 12:54 PM

Sending our thoughts and prayers to all.  Praying that you find peace and comfort.
Walt, Allison and Sam

#5 from: Marianne
Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 1:44 PM

Sam was awesome man.He always was upbeat,cutting up and helping other people he will be missed by many I am sure.Fly High my friend

#6 from: Joan. Wagner
†S Carolina
Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 1:55 PM

My condolences EmiLy and family for your loss. His reward in heaven I am sure is wonderful. Blessings to you.    Joan Elliott Wagner

#7 from: Christie Henderson Hunter
Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 2:09 PM

Marsha & Lisa, what an honor to have had the privilege to know and work with you Father. Sam always had a smile on his face.  He was a kind, generous, Godly man. He will be missed greatly. Prayers for your family

#8 from: Lynne Ledley
Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 2:18 PM

Marsha, Lisa and Tony and families, I am so sorry to hear of Sam's passing.  He will be missed in the community too as he was always out and about and involved in all things Richwood, North Union and military.  

#9 from: Nan Slonaker
Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 2:35 PM

Sam was such a wonderful person, so nice and always volunteering. He made such a positive difference in the lives of so many people. He will be greatly missed.

#10 from: Traci Hoffman
West Mansfield
Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 2:38 PM

Thinking of all of you during this difficult time.  Hugs

#11 from: Nan Slonaker
Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 2:41 PM

Sam was a delightful person and a dedicated volunteer. He made a very positive difference in so many lives. He will be greatly missed.

#12 from: Joann Brown
Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 3:19 PM

I will miss his big smile. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

#13 from: Bruce and Becky Beery
Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 3:28 PM

Our deepest sympathy to all. Loved seeing him with the kitchen band ! May God comfort you all during your time of sorrow.

#14 from: Judy Hall Baker
Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 3:42 PM

So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

#15 from: Janet (Somerlot) Taylor
Texarkana AR
Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 4:41 PM

Marsha and Lisa,
    Thinking of and praying for you in the passing of your father. I remember your dad from the Central Methodist Church in the 1960's and early 1970's. Your dad and my dad shared rides some when they worked at Central Soya. My Aunt Evelyn Baker would mention your dad when I visited her after moving from Richwood. They both attended the Rush Creek Methodist Church.  My condolences to you.  Sincerely, Janet

#16 from: Jerry Moore
Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 4:51 PM

Condolences fro the Moore family. Sam will be missed.

#17 from: Gina Greig
St. Louis
Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 6:32 PM

Marsha, I am so sorry to hear about your dad ! My prayers and sympathy are with the each of you.  Love, Gina Carey Greig

#18 from: Gina Greig
St. Louis
Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 6:37 PM

Marsha, Lisa and Tony, I am soo sorry to hear about your dad passing !!!  My thoughts and prayers are with the each of you !!  Love, Gina Carey Greig

#19 from: Kay Coder
Marion, OH
Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 6:42 PM

Sam was a great guy and he would be saying "I am with the "Mrs" now. He led a full life and enjoyed every moment of it.We are so sorry to all the family. RIP Sam

#20 from: Rona penix
Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 9:36 PM

Our prayers and thoughts are with  you all please know we had a lot of laughs with your  parents they will be missed God Bless You he will carry you through

#21 from: Nancy Wiley
Wed, Jan 29, 2020 at 7:56 AM

I am so sorry for your loss.  Sam was a wonderful, fun loving man that always had a smile.  He was a positive role model for so many.  He had a great sense of humor and the room always had laughter when Sam was around.  He will be greatly missed.  May God give you strength at this difficult time.

#22 from: johna nibert
Wed, Jan 29, 2020 at 12:44 PM

To all of Sam's family you have my sympathy.

#23 from: The Vernon Chapman Family
Wed, Jan 29, 2020 at 12:57 PM

Uncle Sam will be missed by all of us.  We have lots of memories going to the Richwood Fair, our parents playing cards together, seeing them at the ballpark and basketball games and at our family campouts and picnics.  He had a good sense of humor and always a smile.  God is taking good care of him now along with our other family members.  

#24 from: Mike and JoAnn Tosco
Wed, Jan 29, 2020 at 1:02 PM

We are sorry for your loss and sending prayers  Sam is going to be missed

#25 from: Susie Kavanagh
Richwood, OH
Wed, Jan 29, 2020 at 3:02 PM

So very sorry for your loss.  He was such a fun loving guy and always willing to help others.  He will be missed by many. RIP Sam.  

#26 from: Erwin girls Deb Phyl Chris Cathy
Ohio & texas
Wed, Jan 29, 2020 at 4:24 PM

bless be to family friends

#27 from: Erwin girls Deb Phyl Chris Cathy
Ohio & texas
Wed, Jan 29, 2020 at 4:29 PM

to neighbor & friend

#28 from: Karen & Mike Thompson
Hocking Hills
Thu, Jan 30, 2020 at 9:39 AM

A great guy with a good sense of humor.Have many fond memories of our times with Sam and Yvonne

#29 from: Gary and Susie Crofut
Thu, Jan 30, 2020 at 12:45 PM

Love and prayers to the Chapman family.  Sam was truly loved by all. God bless.

#30 from: Dave and Deb (Tevis) Clayton
Sun, Feb 2, 2020 at 10:48 AM

Marsha,Lisa,Tony and extended families...
Sam will be deeply missed by all you had the pleasure of knowing him. Special thanks for his military service and volunteer work. Sending a donation and prayers.

#31 from: April and Ben Laird
Magnetic Springs
Sun, Feb 2, 2020 at 9:36 PM

Sorry to hear of the loss of your Father Lisa. You and your Family are in our thoughts and 🙏🙏🙏.

#32 from: Scott & Tenah McMahan
Mon, Feb 3, 2020 at 9:12 AM

Condolences to you all.  Great memories are your treasure.  

#33 from: Tom Anderson
Mon, Feb 3, 2020 at 1:09 PM

Many fond memories of Sam and Yvonne.  Remember both my Dad and Sam telling sea stories over a cup of coffee.

Thinking of your family.

#34 from: Don & Darlene Krawczyk
Richwood, OH
Tue, Feb 11, 2020 at 2:48 PM

Marsha, Emily, Lisa and families.    Sorry for the loss of Sam.  He will be missed.   We have fond memories of both Sam and Yvonne.   Our deepest condolences to all of you.

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