W. "Chappy" Richard Chapman

July 4, 1933October 17, 2018

Walter Richard Chapman (“Chappy”) of El Cajon died suddenly on October 17, 2018. He was 85 years old. Richard was born on July 4, 1933 on the family homestead near Upton, Wyoming and lived and worked on the family ranch until he entered the Navy in San Diego in 1951. While serving in San Diego as a dental technician, he met Patricia Ellerman of Lemon Grove, and was married on October 24, 1953, at St. John of the Cross Church in Lemon Grove.

When he was discharged from the Navy he went to work at General Dynamics as a plaster pattern maker and also enrolled at City College and later, at San Diego State College where he studied engineering. He worked nights and went to school days. He and Pat had six children and they were busy with work and youth activities for many years. He coached Little League teams in Santee and also helped Pat coach Bobby Sox Softball teams.

In 1971 Richard took classes to sell insurance and prepare income tax returns and he opened a Farmers Insurance office in Lemon Grove in 1972. In 1982, he returned to General Dynamics as a Manufacturing Engineering Specialist and was later promoted to Chief Engineer of the Liaison Engineering Department working on the MD-11 jet airliner until his retirement in 1991. After retirement, Richard continued to prepare income tax returns and traveled with Pat in their motor home visiting all 50 states, Canada, and traveled to the Mexican Riviera and Rome. Pat died in 2001 and Richard stopped doing income tax returns. In 2003, he met a new love Dottie Klotz, and they enjoyed traveling, fishing, camping, cruises and dancing. They were the life of the party at all family events.

Richard is survived by his children, Beth Hanson (and husband Brad), Jim Chapman (and wife Mary), Linda Hoffard (and husband Danny), Lorie Hoffard (and husband Randy), and son Ken Chapman. He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Mary, wife Patricia, brothers Harold and Jack, and daughter Kathy Hanson. He was also blessed with 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Lakeside on November 10 at 9:30 a.m. with a reception to follow at the church social center. Burial will be at the El Cajon Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.


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W. "Chappy" Richard Chapman

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Paul Teresa

November 7, 2018

My husband and I were blessed to have known a most life-loving friend, Chappy!
We shared many fond memories with Chappy and with our very small circle of friends in San Diego, especially at Donut time on Sundays. To us, Chappy was a fighter and our true friend. Even though we knew he was in pain, he always showed up well dressed with a smile on his face, prepared to tackle the day and had even altered his routine to help us with our move. We appreciated him caring for us.
Chappy had the ability to make us feel at ease, thus made us feel wanted and loved in his company. He made us feel like a part of his family which made us less homesick, and for that very reason, Chappy will really be missed by us. We are truly grateful for having met such a great loving and caring individual. Chappy and family, you are in our prayers.

Sincerely Paul and Teresa

Debbie Hernandez

November 5, 2018

I will always remember what a warm and loving uncle Rich was. I will miss him dearly. I am so happy I got to talk to him at the family reunion in June.
Love and Prayers

Emma Hoffard

November 4, 2018

I had the pleasure of knowing Grandpa Chapman for only 9 years. In those 9 years, I came to know a loving and kind hearted man. Grandpa Chapman had a way of knowing when to call or send a MarcoPolo video while Brian, his favorite grandson, (wink, wink) was deployed. He had a way of cheering us up and making us laugh. Grandpa and Dottie even came out to Lemoore to visit us in their camper and we had hours of great conversation and company. The camper reminded me of my childhood which made it all the more special. I wish we had more time to make more memories and for the great-grandkids to get to know the man we knew and loved. I am thankful to have had the ability to call him family. We will cherish the videos and the memories until we see him again. Rest In Peace Grandpa. We love you.