Sept. 28, 1937-Oct. 25, 2019
Henry ‘Hank’ Alvy Chapman passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family on October 25th, 2019. He was born on September 28, 1937 to Sigared Levander and Alvy Chapman who both preceded him in death.
Hank married his first “Love of his Life”, Lorna Shinabarger, at the age of 17. Lorna passed away after the birth of his eldest daughter, Lori. He again married at age 21 to the last “Love of his Life”, Nadine Evans, they were married 54 years when she passed away in 2013. Hank did find another Love, Carol Ekey, but it only lasted a short time when she was also called home.
Hank was very proud to be a veteran from the U.S. Navy and served after the Korean War. Hank was a mechanic by trade but in truth he was a jack of all trades, he could fix anything put in front of him and if he couldn’t he jury rigged it to make it work. Hank also enjoyed dabbling in underground mining and gold panning. Hank and Nadine enjoyed the ceramic business for many years. Hank was also an avid fisherman and hunter over the years. He enjoyed the outdoors especially in the Tobacco Root Mountains near Twin Bridges.
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Hank was a father figure to many people including his wife’s younger siblings after the passing away of his father-in-law. Hank would give you the shirt off his back if he thought you needed it and ask nothing in return. Hank was bilingual but you would not have known it because he only spoke Finnish when he thought his children were in trouble or hurt. Hank was a Rock that everybody relied upon right up to the end.
Hank is survived by five of his eight children – daughter, Lori Claus of Butte, son. Henry “JR” (Carey) Chapman of Billings, daughter-in-law, Gwen Chapman of Florida, daughter, Angela (Roland) Martin of Butte, son, Alvy “Chip” (Mincha) Chapman of Missoula and son, Eugene “Skeeter” Chapman of Butte. Preceding Hank in death were three sons. Ray, Roy and Edward. Hank is also survived by two sisters, Karen and Linda Chapman, both of Washington. Hank is survived by 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
The family would like to send a special heart filled thanks to Dad’s Home Base Primary Care Team from Fort Harrison. Marybeth, you were our Angel; Dad looked forward to seeing you all the time. Melinda and Meghan, Dad lit up when you came to visit. You all made it possible to keep our Dad home. You do make a difference in a veteran’s quality of life, we know you did in our Dad’s life. Again, Thank You.
There will be a “Celebration of Life” potluck gathering for friends and family on December 1st, 2019 at the East Side Athletic Club in Butte at 1:00 p.m. Please come and share your stories and pictures if you have them.