OBITUARY

Wilbur "Bill" Stanley Chapman

October 5, 1935August 8, 2019
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Wilbur (Bill) S. Chapman passed away on August 8, 2019 in Bradenton Florida. He will be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather as well as a friend to all of those he met.

Born October 5, 1935 in Kenosha Wisconsin, Bill was the son of Ralph E. Chapman and Katherine Gbur Chapman and is survived by his lovely bride of nearly 60 years, Barbara Ann Girsh Chapman. God blessed him in 1957 when he moved from Kenosha to Seattle where he met the love of his life, Barbara. They journeyed from Seattle to Salt Lake City, to Huntsville AL, and finally in 1981, settling in the Tampa Bay Area together. They raised three children: Jeff, Jim, and Julie. A glorious life.

Bill was a U.S. Marine and an engineer for Sperry Rand Corporation working in the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and Space Shuttle programs for NASA. One of Bill’s fondest engineering memories, in May of 1973, was to lead the team at Marshall Space Flight Center to develop “the cutter tool” that Pete Conrad would later use in June to free the jammed solar array on Skylab. What a smile it brought to his face, when we observed a part of the cutter tool displayed at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. To say that Bill was dedicated to his profession and his family, would be an understatement.

Bill was a member of the Elks Club and Knights of Columbus. He was a parishioner at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Bradenton. He enjoyed playing golf, but no more than 36 holes in a given day. He also enjoyed boating on the Tennessee River while living in Alabama. When they moved to the Tampa Bay area, he enjoyed boating in the Gulf of Mexico which would later be a favorite pastime in retirement in the Inlets of Bradenton.

He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Ann Chapman; his three children, Jeff (Nancy) Chapman of Washington D.C., Jim (Kelly) Chapman of New Port Richey, FL, and Julie (Roger) Staub of Fort Lauderdale, FL; his sister, Marilyn (Ed) Barnard of Lake Havasu City, AZ; and grandchildren Karly (James) Dunnigan, Kirsten (Nick) Bernardo, Blake Chapman, Brandon Chapman, Ransom DeWitt, and Emma Staub.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his granddaughter, Kaylyn Chapman.

Arrangements by Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Manasota Memorial Park. An online guest book can be signed at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Robert Toale & Sons Funeral Home; 1221 53rd Ave E, Bradenton. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 11:00 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church; 3100 26th Street West, Bradenton, FL. A Celebration of Life will follow at Water’s Edge in the Town Center at 12:30 pm. The burial will take place at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park in Clearwater, Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made as a memorial to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at https://www.michaeljfox.org/donate, or to Tidewell Hospice Care at https://tidewellhospice.org/home/giving/donate-now.

  • FAMILY

  • Ralph Earl Chapman, Father (deceased)
  • Katherine Chapman, Mother (deceased)
  • Barbara Ann Chapman, Wife
  • Jeffrey Chapman, Son
  • Nancy Chapman, Daughter-in-law
  • James Chapman, Son
  • Kelly Chapman, Daughter-in-law
  • Julie Staub, Daughter
  • Roger Staub, Son-in-law
  • Marilyn Barnard, Sister
  • Ed Barnard, Brother-in-law
  • Karly ( James) Dunnigan, Granddaughter
  • Kirsten (Nick) Bernardo, Granddaughter
  • Brandon Chapman, Grandson
  • Blake Chapman, Grandson
  • Kaylyn Chapman, Granddaughter (deceased)
  • Ransom DeWitt, Grandson
  • Emma Staub, Granddaughter
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jeff Chapman
  • Jim Chapman
  • Roger Staub
  • Brandon Chapman
  • Ransom DeWitt
  • Tim Barnard (Godson)

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, August 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Celerbration of Life Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, August 16, 2019

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Wilbur "Bill" Stanley Chapman

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Bonnie Miranda

August 15, 2019

Dear Barbara,
Although I haven't seen Bill in a couple of years, please know I was very fond of him.
If it was obvious he loved you very much. I believe the two of you had a very rare and special marriage.

I'm sure your children will do all they can to help support you as you begin this next phase of your life. You are very blessed!

Someone told me recently... You can't truly lose someone, if you know where they are.
Heaven is a very real and wonderful place. Bill just got there a little ahead of us. Be happy for him. Please, take comfort in knowing this isn't the end, its really the beginning.

Sincerely,
Bonnie and Mike Miranda

Tom & Margaret Herman

August 13, 2019

Always so generous with his compliments making one feel extra special brightening up ones day. Bill will be missed by many of his friends at Water’s Edge.

myles & Kathy gee

August 11, 2019

Barb and Family, Kathy and I are so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed playing golf with Bill and making sure I parked the cart on the correct side of the ball for him. LOL. His wisdom and wit were second to none and we know he loved his family.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

myles and Kathy Gee

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