Harvey Reese Chaplin Jr.
April 18, 1930 – August 10, 2019
Dr. Harvey Reese Chaplin, Jr., 89, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, August 10th. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Martha Jane Kline Chaplin, and their two children, Pete Chaplin and Jane Jones, their spouses, seven grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. A service is planned for Thursday, August 15, 10:00am at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Ivy, Virginia.
Harvey was born in Hot Springs, Virginia to Harvey Reese Chaplin and Ellen Mustoe Chaplin. He graduated from High School at age 16 and went on to college at George Washington University. He earned his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Catholic University while working full-time for the Navy at David Taylor Model Basin. During his career, Harvey earned numerous commendations for outstanding dedication and contributions including the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award and rose to the position of Director of Technology before retiring in 1995. Up to his death, he was sought after for input on advanced aerospace projects. His reputation never faded and will survive him.
Harvey considered himself blessed to find and marry his sweetheart, Marty. For 65 years they were rarely seen apart; usually they were holding hands. They both enjoyed spending time outdoors; Marty gardening, Harvey playing golf and smoking his corncob pipe.
Harvey was a wonderful, loving husband and father who placed his family and responsibility to his country above all else. Harvey contributed to church and community, serving on committees too numerous to mention. He was kind, gentle and wise. A great man. He will be missed.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be considered to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be shared at www.teaguefuneralhome.com .
- Memorial Service Thursday, August 15, 2019
Harvey Reese Chaplin Jr.
W. Robert Johnston
August 19, 2019
Susan and I heard that Harvey died last week. It brought back a
flood of memories of when we were on the Vestry together as
well as other St. John's projects. I will always remember and look back fondly on those times. I know you and Harvey were
a great support for my mother and father when they needed it.
Harvey's warmth and generosity with his help and advice was
always welcome. I will always be grateful for the kindness you
Rob and Susan Johnston
August 17, 2019
Sorry to read that Harvey has passed on. Always enjoyed playing golf with him. Never knew he was an engineering PhD.