Charles (Charlie) Duane Chapman, 86, of Wooster departed this earth December 6, 2022 in the home of his loving daughter Jamie.
He was born August 29, 1936 to Robert and Mary (Funk) Chapman in Wayne County, OH.
He married Jeannie Weirick on June 6, 1969. She survives.
Charles was a shepherd and farmer at heart. He was in FFA as a young man while attending Chester High School and found his way back to that passion when his daughters were old enough to participate in 4-H. He took a lot of pride in raising Hampshire lambs and showing them at the Wayne County fair. Summers at the Chapman home were an endless bounty of delicious vegetables from his garden. His career path was a varied one –after serving in the Air Force, he joined the Wooster Brush Company where he met his wife. Along the way he changed paths and ended up in management at ADS before making the leap to try farming as a career. Charlie also raised and sold Christmas trees for many years in Wooster – teaching most of the Weirick offspring, as well as his own, how to grow, shear and harvest and sell all types of pine trees. Chapman trees were shipped all over the east coast bringing a festive holiday to thousands of homes. He eventually returned to tree work later in his life and retired from The Davey Tree Company.
Charlie was not a traditionally religious man, he took solace in his time spent tending the earth and sowing seeds. He once said; “I don’t need to go to church to find God – he is all around me when I am in the fields.” We are left with gratitude for his legacy – his humor, the many skills that were shared, the work ethic, the appreciation of the amazing cycle of life we are all a part of.
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant” -Robert Louis Stevenson
Charlie would want each of us to plant some seeds and to teach the next generations to do that as well.
Charlie is survived by his daughters Julie (Jason) Chmiel of Kentucky, and Jamie (Chad) Bickett of Wooster and his brother Thomas. He leaves behind 5 grandchildren: Kaitlin (Christopher) Pike of Portland, OR , Lily Bickett, Charlie Bickett and Grady Bickett of Wooster, and Megan Chmiel of Kentucky, as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and, most recently, his sister-in-law Jeanne (Tom) Chapman.
There will be no public services. The family will hold a private event at a later date.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
Contributions may be made in his honor to: Wayne County Children’s Services, 2534 Burbank Rd., Wooster, OH 44691, or by calling (330) 345-5340.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com