Obit: William Chapman


William E. Chapman, 88, of Wilton, died on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at his home.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, June 11 from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Bentley Funeral Home in Wilton.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Wilton.

Interment took place in the Oakdale Cemetery in Wilton with military honors by the Wilton American Legion.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wilton Fire Department in his memory.

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Bill was born in Muscatine on June 9, 1930 to William and Lillian (Rarick) Chapman.

Bill graduated from Wilton High School in 1948 and attended the Iowa State University.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Bill married Vivian L. Moore Gaskey on April 1, 1967 in Wilton.

Bill owned and operated Chapman Excavating and Trucking in Wilton. He had previously owned and operated the Wilton DX gas and service station.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Wilton and a member and former commander of the Wilton American Legion Post #584 for 63 years. He was a 60-year member of the Wilton Volunteer Fire Department.

He was active with and sponsored the Boy Scouts for many years. He and Vivian enjoyed traveling and wintering in Florida.

Bill is survived by his wife Vivian of Wilton; children: Susan (Joe) McKillip of Atalissa, Gary Gaskey of Moscow and Pam Lodges of Texas; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his children: Tom, Tove, Cliff and Stephen.