FOREST LAKE - Robert H. Chapman, age 77, formerly of Fairmont, Plymouth, and Buffalo, passed away peacefully Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Forest Lake with loving arms around him. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Mary. Bob will be dearly missed by his daughter, Becky (Bob) Hanson; grandsons, Ryan and Sean; best friend, Tom McIntyre; Donna, Tati, Mary, Erin and Lillie, his full time caregivers for the past four years; sons, James and Jeffrey.
Bob was born May 30, 1936, to Ken and Maureen Chapman. Bob had a colorful past, attending high school in Ringsted, Iowa and Fairmont. He married Arlene Wehsener and was blessed with his first son Jeffrey. Arlene and Bob divorced and Jeffrey moved to California. Bob and Mary met Jeffrey again in 1997.
Bob and Mary were married Aug. 23, 1958, in Ceylon, Minn. He joined the U.S. Army and served from 1959-1962. James was born 1961. Bob worked for GM until he purchased his first home and L and S Express Company in 1969. In 1989 they sold their home and business in Plymouth and purchased property and built their dream home in Buffalo. A lifelong dream, they purchased, remodeled and opened Mallards Marsh/Cock and Bull Restaurant. After closing the restaurant, both of them worked for Becky. Signs of Alzheimer's were noticed. Bob worked for the post office and for Muller-Pribyl in Maple Lake before retiring and staying at home. Bob was a member of the Minneapolis Eagles, VFW and Legion; he was a Minister of the Universal Life Church and had performed three marriages. He had his private pilot's license and his last flight was with Ryan in 1987. He loved to fish with Tom and had many friends and drinking buddies. Bob showed happiness and was very kind the last few years of his life, he smiled and laughed with the wonderful people who cared for him. He was so excited when Ryan got engaged to Melissa and beamed when Becky would bring Melissa's daughter Adrianna to visit.
A celebration of his life and his accomplishments will be noon to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at Flickabirds Resort, 50155 Clover Trail, Rush City, Minn. A special thanks for the wonderful support from: Bauman's Assistance Living of Forest Lake, Allina Hospice, Brian Strike and the Strike Funeral Home of Cambridge. Online condolences can be made at strikefuneral.com