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Donald R. Chappell

Donald R. Chappell       “beloved husband, father and grandfather”

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.----Donald Romaine “Don” Chappell, 83, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born on December 1, 1933 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of William and Geraldine Chappell Koblinger.  On September 1, 1962 in Millport, he married Bonita Ann “Bonnie” Hemphill, who survives.

Don attended Olean High School, leaving during his senior year to enlist in the U.S. Navy in 1951 to serve in the Korean War on the 38th parallel as a hospital corpsman on the front lines.  He received many medals and citations including the Fleet Marine Force Combat Operations Insignia, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit, Navy Good Conduct Medal, Nation Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with three bronze star appurtenances, United Nations Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, Combat Action Ribbon, Republic of Korea War Service Medal, Marksman Rifle Badge and two Purple Heart Medals with one gold star appurtenance.  He received his Purple Hearts in action on August 21, 1952 and on October 1, 1952.  He never spoke of his medals or requested any benefits for his injuries or service as his corpsman group sacrificed their lives during the War and he chose to honor their service in that way.

Don was employed from 1954 until his retirement in 1991 serving as a supervisor of test stands at Dresser Rand in Olean.

Don loved hunting and fishing, but his greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Jeff D. Chappell of Turtlepoint, Jim D. Chappell of Shinglehouse, and Daniel L. “Dan” Chappell of Shinglehouse; and two daughters, Donna M. Kelley of Olean, N.Y. and Peggy A. (Kenneth Austin) Chappell of Eldred; eight adored grandchildren, Chelsea, Geoff, Tyler (Taylar), Amanda, Taylor, Colton (Nina), Lindsey and Kaci; and many close friends, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Don was predeceased by a brother, Ronald; a daughter-in-law, Tracy Chappell; a son-in-law, Dale Saulter; and a brother-in-law, William “Bill” Hemphill.

In keeping with Donald’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.

Flowers are gratefully declined.  Memorials in Don’s name may be made to the L.E.E.K. Hunting and Mountain Preserve (for disabled veterans), c/o Col. Ed Fisher, 740 Ridge Road, Lewisberry, PA 17339.

Donald’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Donald, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com



A candle was lit in memory of Donald Chappell

Carl Chappell Aug 21 2017 12:00 AM

I am sorry to here that Don passed away. You are in my thought and prayers during this difficult time. God Bless

Carl Chappell Mesa Arizona Aug 21 2017 12:00 AM

To the Chappell Family - I really want to express my condolences to you in your time of loss. Don was a very special friend and hunting partner with my father, Dick Mitchell. Don spent a lot of time at our camp in Big Moores Run and Don & I hunted together for several years. He taught me alot about hunting that I still use today. I still hunt the same area where Don and I used to sit waiting for a decent buck to shoot. Don always had a good story to tell and kept us all entertained. One true story I will share was that Don, Albert Anastasia, Dick Mitchell and I had been hunting all morning and my dad fixed spaghetti and meatballs for lunch. Right when we sat down to eat, Don looked out the picture window at the kitchen table and yelled "there goes a bunch of deer across the hill!!!!!" We all dropped our forks and headed out to find the deer. About an hour later we all came back to the camp and all the spaghetti on the table was gone off of everyone's plate. Don accused Albert of eating all the spaghetti and then we all looked at "Ringer" the beagle (which we got from Don in 1964) and his stomach was so swelled up he couldn't move. Don and Albert thought about shooting the dog but my dad just made more spaghetti. We laughed about that hunt for many more years. I wish all of you the best and will always remember Don with the fondest of memories. God Bless. Kurt Mitchell and family.

Kurt Mitchell & Family Aug 19 2017 12:00 AM

Sincere sympathy for your loss.

Becky Austin Aug 18 2017 12:00 AM

Peggy and family~ Thinking of you during this time of loss. My sympathies.

Diane (Howard) Marsden Aug 16 2017 12:00 AM

Bonnie and family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Howie Wheeler

Howard Wheeler Aug 16 2017 12:00 AM

rest in peace uncle don

john Aug 16 2017 12:00 AM