Rick Lynn Chapman

October 16, 1949 ‒ September 14, 2017

Greenville, North Carolina
Formerly of Marion, Ohio

Rick Lynn Chapman, age 67 of Greenville, NC and formerly of Marion, passed away on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Vidant Medical Center of Greenville, NC.

Rick was born on October 16, 1949 in Marion, the son of Donald and Joan L. (Maag) Chapman. He graduated from Pleasant High School in the class of 1967.

Rick was a highly successful inventor and entrepreneur. He held 7 patents and was in the process in acquiring his 8th. He had a passion for different styles of cars and was an avid collector. If you visited his home you would find beautiful pieces of art along with his collection of various butterfly and peacock mementos. Rick was a grand lover of life and lived it to the fullest.

He is survived by his daughter Wendy Yancey; his grandchildren: Tara and Rhett Yancey; mother Joan L. Chapman; brother Terry (Debbie) Chapman and their children Scott (Tammie) Chapman and Stacey Pierce.

Rick is preceded in death by his father Donald Chapman;

Visitation will be Friday, September 22, 2017 at Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel, 347 West Center St., Marion from 4PM to 7PM; Funeral service will be Saturday at the funeral home at 10AM with Deacon Kevin Kehn officiating; Burial will follow at Marion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, in an effort to delete blood cancer, donations may be made to DKMS.org, an organization Rick was a strong advocate for.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • My sincere condolences to Joan, Terry, and family. Rick was a great member of our class at Pleasant and his smile and wonderful demeanor will be missed.
    Rick and I were in Alaska at the same time. He in Adack and I in Indian Mountain where we talked by phone on numerous occasions. It was great to hear a familiar voice from home during our remote assignments.
    May you Rest In Peace my friend and may God bless your family during their time of grief.

  • 1 East Infusion at Vidant Medical Center sends condolences to the family and friends of Rick Chapman. We grew close to Rick and always looked forward to his easy friendly smile, his unending knowledge base, and his grammatical expertise 🙂
    We will all miss him!

  • May love surround The Chapman Family. Cousin Rick I will forever remember your beautiful smile. Love, Judi and Jim.

  • My sincere condolences to the Chapman family. I was blessed to know Rick during my DelStar career. He was always an honest caring person to me and others. He built a wonderful business and was always looking to improve everything he worked on. He left a lasting impact on me and many others he came in contact with. That is all any of us can ask for. To leave this world better when we leave then it was before we came. Rick did that and we are lucky to of had him in our lives.

  • I would like to extend my condolences and my sympathy to Rick’s family and friends. I was fortunate to get to know him and see him often in the past 18 months. He shared many stories with me about his life experiences, and what a life he must have had!
    And with all of his health challenges, Rick was always so positive and up-beat. If he shared anything negative, it was spun into something positive by the time he was through discussing it. He had that gift of making the best of everything.
    Rick was a remarkable guy in so many ways. And I’m so glad that I got to know him.
    Before I go, I want to share this.
    A couple of months ago,Rick insisted that we go for a drive in his blue Corvette. He wanted me to drive and I happily obliged. After about 15 minutes of cruising the highway at the posted speed limit, he shouts out something. The top was down and I wasn’t sure I heard him right. So I turned to look at him and shouted back “what”?
    With a huge grin on his face, he says “show me 90”! Again I obliged as quickly as I could, and he was laughing so loud I could hear him over everything else.

  • Roger and Theresa Wetnight, Greenville, NC
    Our sincere condolences go to Rick’s family and his many friends. We have known Rick for a very long time. Having dinner and conversation 2-3 times a week was a great time and an honer. Rick was a great friend, cowerker and mantor. WE MISS you BUDDY!

  • Always remember the wonderful time we spent together as kids. Love you cousin Rick! May you Rest In Peace. Our thoughts and prayers to the Chapman family. Love Chuck and Janie Faulkner

  • Rick was my business partner for 20 years. After many years of successful ventures Rick became my friend. His ability to see the positivity in almost anything was remarkable and a skill to be emulated. He was always ready to teach you something and make you think outside of the norms. His tenacity and cleverness drove his success, but it was the people that mattered to him. He was sincere in his words and actions. If there’s a place that awaits us, Rick is there in some really sharp outfit making people laugh and smile. You will be missed by many, but never forgotten.
    Thank you Rick
    My condolences to the Chapman Family

  • Prayers for you Joan, and your family, along with my sincere heartfelt sympathy…
    Fondly,
    Sharon Flickinger

  • Rick was a very special man. He really gave 100 % to everything he did and he fought this awful disease harder than anyone i have ever met. My deepest sympathy to his family during this difficult time. God Bless, Rick.

  • My sincerest condolences go out to the family for the loss of Rick. He proved to be a special individual with great intellect and strength of character that is rare in today’s world. His ability to speak across cultural and social differences was amazing and the creativity of thought he would bring to any conversation was remarkable. I will miss talking with him about the vast range of topics that were part of our conversations. My prayers go to you that you find peace and joy in this time and that the blessing of Rick Chapman will live with each of us forever.

  • I am one of the many people in Ventura, CA that had the pleasure to know Rick and call him a friend.
    He was not just my neighbor but one of my best friends. We shared each others confidence and advice on all topics of life big and small, personal and business.
    I was lucky to have known him and have him as my friend.
    I will be there in Marion to express my condolences to his family and friends in person.
    I cannot express my sympathy and sorrow in mere words.
    God Bless and Keep You Ricksta.
    I will miss you,
    Love. Your friend. Jack

  • My sincere condolences go to Chapman family and his friends. He is such a unique individual that you rarely find in your life. He always thinks out of box and never wants to be Me Too guy. We talk quite often. Due to the 12hrs time difference, his morning time is my evening time. You can always feel the optimism on the phone… Now it became the good old days. I feel graceful to know him and be his friend. He took a good fight with the awful disease. I wish that we could have a chance to say goodbye face to face…never thought he could leave us so soon. Rick, God bless you! Hope you find peace in heaven! You will be missed! Buddy!

    Shawn Qi

  • I HAD JUST LANDED IN OXNARD A WEEK AFTER THANKSGIVING 1973 IN MY WHITE VAN WITH OHIO PLATES WHEN SOMEONE KNOCKED ON MY DOOR. I OPENED IT AND THIS GUY STOOD THERE WITH REAL LONG HAIR AND INTRODUCED HIMSELF AND SAID THAT HE HAD TO SAY HI AS HE WAS FROM OHIO AND SO STARTED OUR FRIENDSHIP WHICH NEVER ENDED UNTIL NOW, THOUGH THE YEARS WENT BY WITHOUT SEEING EACH OTHER I NEVER CEASED TO VALUE HIS FRIENDSHIP’ I WAS SO SORRY TO READ ABOUT HIS HEALTH ISSUES IN OUR LOCAL PAPER BUT HE IS NOW OUT OF PAIN AND RESTING IN PEACE. GOODBYE OLD FRIEND. DONNA HUSTON