Soldotna resident Jess M. Chapman died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage from congestive heart failure after a brief illness. He was 72.
There will be a private celebration of life in Cocoa Beach, Fla., where a family reunion will be held in March. His ashes will be scattered in various favorite locations.
Mr. Chapman was born in Crookston, Minn., May 22, 1929. He had a dairy farm in Tomah, Wis., and was a member of the Civil Air Patrol there. He had an agricultural degree and owned a meat market in Crookston. Later he received education in electronics and worked for 3M Company in Minneapolis.
Upon moving to Alaska in 1981, he was employed by Alaska Commercial Company. He supervised and managed its meat departments in several Bush communities where he enjoyed the people, cultures and travel. He lived in Bethel and Nome for several years. He traveled to Kotzebue, Barrow, Dutch Harbor and Dillingham and several other communities. At age 65, Mr. Chapman retired to Anchorage and moved to Soldotna two years later.
His favorite pastime was his garden and flowers. His favorite activity was playing with his grandchildren and their friends.
"During all their activities you would find Granddad there watching the games and sharing the fun. He attended everyone's soccer game, even in the rain, and sometimes as many as six or seven games in one sitting. He will always be remembered for his fairness and love for all the children around him," his family said.
Mr. Chapman declared to his family in his last days, "I have lived a wonderful 72 plus years, I have no regrets."
He is survived by his daughters and their spouses Susan and Dr. Anthony Endsley and Jane and Terry Hinz, all of Soldotna; son and daughter-in-law, Master Sgt. Jay and Susan Chapman of Cocoa Beach; and grandchildren James White of Tulsa, Okla., Travis Endsley, Kelly and Anthony Kitchen, Robby and Carolanne Small, Christofer, Laura, Kirsten and Terrence Hinz, Corey Avery and Morgan Kitchen, all of Soldotna, and Eric, Alex and Weston Chapman of Cocoa Beach.
Arrangements were made by Alaska Cremation Center.
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