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Joel William Chapman

August 20, 1941 ~ September 12, 2019 (age 78)

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Mr. Joel William "Bill" Chapman, age 78 of Newaygo (Emerald Lake), MI. went to be with his Lord & Savior suddenly on Thursday , September 12, 2019.  He was born on August 20, 1941 in Toledo, Ohio to Joel S. & Ellen E. (Uthoff) Chapman.  Joel graduated in 1959 from Perrysburg High School in Ohio, and went to Purdue University where he received his BSCE in 1964 and his MSIA in 1970.  He had been active in the Boy Scouts and was awarded Eagle Scout.  During high school and college he worked summers at Camp Miakonda in Sylvania, Ohio where he was part of the aquatics staff.  After completion of his Bachelor's Degree, he joined the Peace Corps and served in Tanzania, Africa from 1964 to 1965.  Joel was a US Navy Veteran of the Vietnam Era, where he served in the Philippines.  On February 18, 1966 he married the former Janet Palmer.  He worked in commercial construction management in San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Hawaiian Islands, Guam, Portland, Oregon, & then Austin, Texas, where he retired.  After his retirement, Joel & Janet moved to Newaygo, Michigan where they had vacationed for many years.  He enjoyed water sports, especially canoeing, and he enjoyed singing in church choirs over the years.  He was a member of Bethel Reformed Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Fremont, MI.  He is survived by his wife, Janet Chapman of Newaygo (Emerald Lake); by his daughter, Andrea (Brian) McDonald of Texas; by his brother, Gary (Karen) Chapman of Perrysburg, Ohio; nephews & nieces:  David (Jen) Chapman, Andrew (Laura) Chapman, Dana (JJ) Mathews; great nephew & niece, Ben & Lucy Chapman; and by his brother-in-law, Jim (Kit) Palmer of Florence, Kentucky (Sylvan Lake).  Joel was preceded in death by his parents, and by his father-in-law & mother-in-law, Dick & Midge Palmer.  The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at Second Christian Reformed Church in Fremont (600 Apache Drive) with Pastor Vern Picknally officiating.  Visitation will be at the Kroeze-Wolffis Funeral Home in Fremont from 6-8 PM on Tuesday.  There will also be visitation at the Witzler Shank Funeral Home in Perrysburg, Ohio from 5-8 PM on Friday, September 20, 2019.  A private family graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 21st at Fort Meigs Cemetery in Perrysburg, Ohio.  Suggested Memorial:  Bethel Reformed Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 203 E. Main Street, Fremont, MI. 49412.  You can sign the online guest book at  Arrangements are by Kroeze-Wolffis Funeral Home, Inc. of Fremont.          

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September 17, 2019

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Kroeze-Wolffis Funeral Home, Inc.
637 E. Main Street
Fremont, MI 49412

Funeral Service
September 18, 2019

11:00 AM
Second Christian Reformed Church
600 Apache Drive
Fremont, MI 49412


Bethel Reformed Orthodox Presbyterian Church
203 E. Main Street, Fremont MI 49412

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