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Benjamin Chapman - Year Entered 1959

Benjamin Chapman


Benjamin R. Chapman

July 27, 1934 - November 11, 2020


The following as it appeared on FB post from Cat Chapman Smith, Ben's youngest daughter:


My siblings Richard Armstrong, Carolyn Chapman, Ben Chapman and I lost our sweet dear ol’ Daddy-o or Pops (as we called him), Benjamin R. Chapman, last night (November 11, 2020).  There will be no funeral or memorial service because of Covid; his body will be transported to Texas where he will be buried next to our beloved mom, Lois Chapman, at Gladewater Memorial Park Cemetery near Big Sandy (my little brother Ben’s and my birthplace).  Although he didn’t die of the Covid virus, my sis calls him a “Covid casualty.”  Prior to the March lockdown here in Baltimore, I picked him up every Sunday for dinner with my family, and Carolyn and I visited him regularly at his memory care facility.  But that all changed.  One month after the other, not being able to see his family took a toll on his mental and physical health.


A few fun facts about Ben…Ben received his electrical engineering degree from UCLA and was a project manager for designing the computer guidance systems for US government’s ICBM missile project in the early to mid 1950s: received his Masters in Theology and became an ordained minister, installed and was operating engineer of a radio studio in Bricket Wood, England, taught theology, photography and speech at Ambassador College; was the head of data processing for his church and then for a NYC clothing manufacturer; received his MBA from NYU; started a business with Lois, ‘Chapman Computer Services, Inc’, which was a payroll accounting and tax service; was the president of a software company where he set up software systems all over the world; oh, and father to 4 kiddos along the way and married to our loving mother for 56 years.  Dad was an avid ham radio operator, built Heathkit televisions in his spare time, loved his model railroad hobby, was a voracious reader and was a huge fan of action/adventure/sci-fi films (a proud Trekkie!)  Both he and Lois had a green thumb with their fruit orchard, grapes, vegetables and flower gardens, and a shared love for traveling and all our pets.  Lastly, they made beautiful and welcoming homes in Texas, California, New Jersey, Utah and Ohio.


What more can we say…There are no words to describe how much we will miss our parents.  They instilled in us hard work, honesty, integrity, kindness, generosity and love, RIP, dad and mom, you guys were the best.

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