Melvin Chapman

January 25, 1936 ‒ November 05, 2015

Marion, Ohio

Melvin Chapman, age 79, of Marion, died Thursday, November 5, 2015 at Marion Manor.  Melvin was born January 25, 1936 in Marion, Ohio to the late Thomas and Caroline (Griffith) Chapman.  Melvin graduated from Marion Harding High School in 1955.  After graduating, Melvin worked for the Erie Railroad and entered the Army for three years.  After returning home, Melvin worked for the Erie Railroad, Erie Lackawanna Railroad, and in 1982 retired from Conrail.  Melvin married Martha Harruff on April 21, 1983, she survives.  Melvin enjoyed maintaining and collecting clocks and gardening.  He will be deeply missed by his wife and children.

In addition to Martha, Melvin is survived by children, John (Lara) Chapman of Westerville, Ohio, Gary Henry of Marion, Sheila (Aaron) Roberts of Powell and Jane Warwick of Marion; 8 grandchildren, Crescent, Wake, Chance, Preston, Lauren, Megan, Josie, and Lydia; and sister, Dorothy Thomas.  He was predeceased by siblings, Phyllis Holloway, Thomas Chapman and Jim Chapman.

Per Melvin’s request no funeral services will be observed.  Denzer-Farison-Hottinger and Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Chapman Family and online condolences may be expressed by visiting

  • Dear Aunt Martha, Gary and Jane,

    We’re sorry for your loss. I thoughts are with you and your families during these difficult times.

    Rod and Sandy Harruff

  • Sheila, John & families,
    So very sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of your father.
    Thoughts, prayers & hugs with all of you.

    Kathy Sayre Wink

  • Sheila & John,
    Very sorry to hear of Melvin’s passing.
    Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you.

    Bob & Birdie Sayre

  • Martha, Gary, Jane So sorry for the your loss, I know nothing i say will make the pain easier, but just know i am thinking of you.

  • So sorry to read of Mel’s passing. We have been friends for many years. GOD be with you. Prayers for your family. Mel was such a great guy.
    Sis and Jr Osborn Rotonda West, Florida