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William Henry Chapman

July 23, 1936 ~ April 10, 2020 (age 83)



William H. Chapman

July 23, 1936 – April 10, 2020




William H. Chapman (Henry) was born on July 23, 1936 in Uniontown Alabama. He was the third eldest son born to Luellen and Viola Chapman. On Friday April 10, 2020 at 5:12 PM, he transitioned to glory from Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


Henry was an incredibly intelligent and well-versed gentleman. He served in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged on December 5, 1956. After his service in the military, he returned home to Fort Wayne, Indiana where his parents resided. He became employed at the International Harvester and shortly thereafter, met the love of his life, Irene Harris. They married on August 25, 1962 at Turner Chapel AME Church. To their union was born four children: Darrell Chapman (Monica), Sophia Stapleton (Steven Sr.), Sebastian Chapman, and Keeya Chapman-Langford (Darnae).


Henry was a definite family man and enjoyed mentoring and spending lots of time with his children and grandchildren. He was a man who offered wise counsel to countless numbers of people and he never met a stranger. In his work as a Rehab Technician for the City of Fort Wayne, he positively impacted numerous lives. Henry’s motto in life was “Charity starts at home and spreads itself abroad.” In his later years he enjoyed traveling with his wife to visit his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Mr. Chapman was preceded in death by his mother, Viola Chapman; 

father, Luellen Chapman, eight brothers and one sister.

He leaves to cherish his memory: his wife of fifty-eight years – Irene Chapman, four children, twelve grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, one brother – Wort Chapman (Laura Ann), three sisters – Lucretia Preston, Stella Modock, and Diane Malone, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Mr. Chapman’s life will be celebrate in a private ceremony with immediate family only. A public celebration of life for all family and friends will be conducted at a later date.


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