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Wade H. Chapman Jr.
May 18, 1929 ~ April 27, 2022 (age 92) 92 Years Old
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SHEFFIELD- Wade H Chapman Jr., 92, of rural Sheffield, died at 10:15 a.m., Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 6, 2022, at Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee. Rev. Dan Wright will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Military rites will be accorded at the funeral home immediately concluding the service. Memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Wade was born May 18, 1929, in New Castle, PA, the son of Wade and Halsie (Shoemaker) Chapman Sr. He married Maurine M Perkins on January 12, 1951, in the Visitation Church Rectory, Kewanee. Survivors include his wife Maurine and five sons, Michael (Sharon) Chapman of Fremont, CA, Markus Chapman of Neponset, Martin (Ann) Chapman of Annawan, Maurus (Julie) Chapman of Sheffield and John (Susan) Chapman of Annawan, fourteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a sister, Connie (Norman) Johnson of Kewanee. He was preceded in death by his parents, his two sisters Helen Massey and Jane West and his daughter-in-law, Terry Chapman.
Wade graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1947 and was the last remaining male member of his class. He was a Korean War veteran becoming a SFC in the Army and a Purple Heart recipient. He was an active member of the Annawan VFW, the Mineral American Legion and a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was a lifelong farmer in the Annawan area and sold insurance for the Trust Mark Insurance Company. In his early years, he was a member of the Geneseo Moose Lodge, was a board member for both the State Bank of Annawan and the Fairview Cemetery. He was an avid poker player, enjoyed traveling with his wife, reading Louie L’amore Western novels and attending the sporting events of his grandchildren.