Earl Lawrence Chapman

Died: Tue., Jan. 31, 2017

Graveside Service

1:00 PM Wed., Feb. 08, 2017
Location: Olney Cemetery

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Earl Lawrence Chapman of Pilot Rock died Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at his home.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at 1:00 pm in Olney Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 11:00 pm to 4:00 pm. 

Earl was born June 15, 1925 in Spokane, Washington to Lawrence Chapman and Besie (Anderson) Chapman. He lived in Spokane, North Dakota, Tri-Cities, Oklahoma, and Pilot Rock. He was married to Bea Chapman for 61 years.

He joined the Navy when he was 17 during WWII. He served on the Soloman Islands and Saipan Islands. After the war he was a fireman at Hanford. He did farm work and was a Millwright at Fiberboard Mill. He was a janitor for the Pilot Rock School District.

He was the Lion of the year for years 1987, 1989, 1992, and 2000. He received the Lion’s President Award in 1988. He received the Lion’s Outstanding Service Award in 1994. He received Pilot Rock’s First Citizen Award in 1989. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his brother Dale Chapman of Pilot Rock, one grandson, Kelly Quinn of Pendleton, and two nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Bea, daughter Earlene Decker and son Robert Chapman.


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Mindy Mitchell
   Posted Fri February 03, 2017
Praying for your comfort and peace at this time of sadness. I roofed a house one time with Earl. He helped more people in Pilot Rock, always with a smile on his face, than we will ever know. He was always so gentle and kind to Bea as well. I can't think of a better man. Rest in Peace Earl. Thank you for all you have done over the years.

Albert & Janie Giesler
   Posted Fri February 03, 2017
One of the nicest man we have ever met! Our sincere condolences.

Stephanie Starliper
   Posted Fri February 03, 2017
Though I didn't know him well my daughter Caitland is his great granddaughter. He surly will be missed by her. She loves Bea and Earl very much.

Chris & Rosa Hays
   Posted Sat February 04, 2017
Prayers for Earls family. May you all be Blessed and comforted in knowing he is at peace.
To brother Dale, let us know if you need anything and how you're doing.

Darren Buffington
   Posted Sun February 05, 2017
I just wanted to send my condolences to the Chapman family. I still have the hammer he gave me in 1986. He will be missed.

Larry and Becky Hoeft
   Posted Tue February 07, 2017
I knew Earl when we worked for Pilot Rock School district. He was always willing to lend a hand and help. He was a very friendly and kind man. We will miss him.

Shella Dewhurst
   Posted Tue February 07, 2017
We are sad to hear of Earls passing, comforted he can meet up with Bea, Earlene and Earl.

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