GOSHEN — The Rev. Joseph F. Chapman, 72, passed away at 1:15 p.m. Feb. 13 after courageously battling Parkinson’s disease and pancreatic cancer.
He was born March 10, 1941, in Huntington, W. Va., to the late Bernard and Evangeline Chapman.
He was preceded in death by his older brothers, Eugene and Philip of Huntington, daughter Tina Marie, and wife of 43 years, Dolores Jean (Brookover), whom he married Sept. 2, 1961, in Huntington at Kellogg Church.
He married Naomi Borntrager in Middlebury on Nov. 4, 2006.
He is also survived by sons J. Mark (Amy) and Bruce (Rhonda) of Elkhart, Rex of Odessa, Texas, James (Katrina) of Lino Lakes, Minn., and stepdaughter Patty (Romel) Chico of Goshen.
He was the proud grandfather of Renae, Stephanie, Shelby, Connor, Jeremiah, Reagan and Aiden, whom he loved to spoil.
After high school, Joseph served proudly in the U.S. Army in Germany. He graduated in 1972 from Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colo., and then was a pastor at churches in Indiana at Pennville, Bristol and South Bend before taking an early medical retirement. He kept busy with calling on sick and home-bound church members, working and fellowshipping with the Prime Timers.
Joseph loved to cook and bake at home. He gave away baked goods and spent time preparing meals in the church kitchen.
Please join with his family as his life is celebrated at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Northside Nazarene Church at 53569 C.R. 7 N., Elkhart, where he was a member. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday afternoon at the church. His youngest son, James Chapman, and Pastor Tim Sheets will preside.
In keeping with Joseph’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorials may be given to Northside Nazarene Church for Nazarene Missions International.
Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.