Robert C. Chapman

May 19, 1924 ‒ April 04, 2015

Mount Gilead, Ohio

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On the Saturday of Easter Weekend, Robert Chapman went to be with his heavenly father.

Robert had been married to his wife Betty (Sautter) for just shy of 70 years, as they were high-school sweethearts.  He was born in Union County, Ohio to the former Blanchard and Martha Chapman and graduated from Chesterville High School in 1942.  After graduation, he served proudly in the US Navy during WWII and was in the third wave during the D-Day Normandy Invasion.

Following the service, he worked for 34 years in the Mount Gilead US Post Office.  A tireless worker, he started out as the janitor and gradually rose through the ranks of clerk, city carrier, and then for 22 years served as the Post Master.  Robert was also a licensed insurance agent with Motorists Mutual.

Robert loved to take his family camping with the couples!  For years, as they raised their family, this group of friends went tent and trailer camping to East Harbor, Fort Laramie, Pokagon State Park, Mount Gilead Great Lakes Park, and others. For years, the family also observed their summer day-trips to the Columbus Zoo or canoeing the Mohican River.  Above all, Robert & Betty loved to attend their kids’, and then their grand-kids’ sporting events.  From summer softball, to football, basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, track, and cheerleading, he was always there for support.

He was a life-long member of the Williamsport United Methodist Church, serving in a variety of leadership positions.  He was a leader in the year-long basement renovation project and worked there tirelessly in evenings and weekends.  For over 20 years he was a proud member of the Senior Choir.

Robert and Betty had 15 great years of traveling after his retirement from the Post Office.  They visited the great pyramids, the Holy Land, traveled across Europe, California, Hawaii, and dozens of other worldly spots.

As a civic leader, he served for years in the Mount Gilead Kiwanis Club.  As club president, he was the driving force behind the development of the senior living apartments on Heritage Lane.  He was a member of the American Legion for 50 years, and for a good number of those years he served on the selection committee for Boys State.  He was a life-long Democrat, serving in several party leadership positions over the years, and he never failed to vote.

He was a self-reliant man; serving as his own carpenter, plumber, electrician and painter.  To better support his family, he often took on second jobs, even while serving as Post Master.

Robert was a pillar of strength for his family when they suffered the loss of two dear children.  As a parent, he was the steadfast foundation that withstood the loss of Leslie, age 15 in 1964, and Janice, age 7 in 1969.

Robert was preceded in death by his mother and father, brothers Charles and Carl, sister Ruth, son Leslie, and daughter Janice.  He is survived by his wife Betty (Sautter), brother Oris, sons John (Vanessa) and Arlen (Sharon), and daughters Doris (Dan) Coldwell and Alice (David) Willeke.  There are 10 grandchildren: Rachel Coldwell, Jessica Southard (Chapman), Luke Coldwell, Lindsey Shaffer (Chapman), Amanda Eckert (Chapman), Allison Chapman, Meghan Willeke, Mitchell Willeke, Matthew Chapman, and Mason Willeke.  There are 4 great grandchildren: Dominic Eckert, Kimber Southard, Colt Southard, and Aria Eckert.

Robert had been a resident at Woodside Village Care Center since September of 2011.  The family would like to especially thank their Director Ben Granger and their fine staff.

His family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8th, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Services honoring his life will also be held there at 11 a.m. on Thursday, with Pastor Gary Miller officiating.  Burial with military honors provided by the VFW Post 8054 and AmVets Post 87 will follow in Bryn Zion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Williamsport United Methodist Church, and they may be sent to the care of the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Robert’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Blessings and comfort to the Chapman family. Bob lead an amazing life. He and Betty raised a beautiful family, showed us all how to deal gracefully and lovingly with tragedy, and modeled how to embrace each day cheerfully. He has left a legacy of service to his church and community. Please embrace him, Lord Jesus and reunite him with his son Leslie and his sweet little daughter.

  • Betty and all of your family: Please accept our sincere heartfelt sympathy for Bob’s death. He was a “pillar of the church and community” and a dear friend. We loved and admired him in so many ways. May God bless each of you and give you strength and peace in the coming days. We love you.

  • Betty and family: Darrell and I extend our sympathy to you. Bob always had a smile on his face and was such a wonderful person who loved is family, country, and community.

  • Dear Betty and Family;
    We are saddened to read about he passing of Bob, always enjoyed the visits I had with him from time to time. He was always asking me about my service to the church and how things were going. He served the Lord with his work in the church and the Gideon’s . He fought a valiant fight with his health issues! We will lift all of you in our thoughts and prayers. We pray God will lay His healing hand upon you and your family to help ease the pain of your loss, and comfort you. Take care, blessings to all…..

    Steve and LuAnn

  • God Bless and we will miss him dearly. May God’ s comfort be with all of you. If you need anything or need to talk call, my number is 419-946-8699. Love all and will be thinking of all of you.

  • I’m so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. As my brother said when my mom passed, “you’d think that we’d be prepared since she was 84.” Truth is, there is no preparation when you lose your parent. Hold on to the memories & be comforted that he loved each & every one of you. You’re in my thoughts & prayers.

  • Dear Betty , and family. I have fond memories of Bob. He is free now of earthly pain and suffering. May you find comfort and upholding in your loss from the Lord during this time of loss.

  • Thinking of your family and how blessed you were , Bob, was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather and will be missed, but our family hopes the memories will bring you comfort in the days to come and the Easter season promise provides you with the assurance he has certainly received his crown for being such a wonderful person……your in our prayers , especially in the weeks to come.

    The Radel families especially Karen and Marilyn ……

  • To the Chapman family, you have our deepest sympathy for your loss. May you find comfort knowing he is resting with his Lord during the difficult days ahead.

  • I am so sorry to hear of this loss.
    I have fond memories of Bob and Betty going out of their way to make me feel welcome when I joined Williamsport church.
    Sadly, I will not be able to say a fond farewell to Bob, as I am having surgery on that day.
    But all of your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • On behalf of the High Point school community we extend our heartfelt sympathy and love to the Coldwell and Chapman families. We love Grandpa for his love and dedication to mankind….. Especially children and teachers! Grandpa is a source of inspiration and an excellent role model for our school family. He was our most loyal and dedicated Veteran! We love you Grandpa!

  • To the Chapman Family,

    We are sorry for your loss & express our deepest condolences.

    May your family memories bring you joy & support during these difficult days.

  • May delightful memories sustain you through your next days, as the Lord strengthens and carries each of you. Heartfelt prayers go before the throne for strength, grace and comfort.

  • My sympathy to your entire family. Betty, I have fond memories of when Bob was a member of the Morrow County Board of Health and you were always there to support him. You both were very dedicated to the health department and staff. May the love and concern of friends and your faith sustain you during this difficult time. My prayers are with you.

    Rita Barton

  • My deepest sympathies go out to the Chapman Family.
    Sorry for your loss. I want to share with you a comforting promise from God that he has given us at John 5:28,29 it give us hope in seeing our loved ones again , he feels the pain we go through so he wants us to be happy, and it wasn’t God’s purpose for us to experience death so, he is going to fix that problem soon.

  • Dear Alice and Family,
    It was with deep regret and sadness that we learned of the passing of your Father.
    Our thoughts are with you and your family during this most difficult time.
    Tom and Judy Foster

  • Our sympathy goes out to your family, so sorry for your loss. Prayers and blessings to all of you.