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Richard W. "Steve" Chapell

Richard W. “Steve” Chapell    “beloved father and grandfather”

SWEDEN VALLEY, PA---Richard W. “Steve” Chapell, 93, a lifelong resident of Sweden Valley, passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, July 6, 2017, after a period of declining health.

Born on September 1, 1923 in Blackwell, he was a son of Claytey and Bertha Brown Chapell.  In 1947 in Sweden Valley, he married Gloria J. Osborne, who passed away on August 29, 2010.

Richard attended Coudersport High School.  He was a U.S. Army veteran, having proudly served during World War II, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. 

He was a long time employee of the former Pittsburgh-Corning Corporation in Port Allegany, retiring after 40 years of service.

Richard was a life member of Potter Post 192 American Legion in Coudersport.  He loved to fish.  His greatest love was his family and enjoying a few beers.

Surviving are three children, Richard E. “Dick” (Georgeanna) Chapell, Jean C. (Ron “Fezz”) Linden, and Roger W. (Jessie) Chapell, all of Sweden Valley; fifteen grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild to be born soon; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Richard was predeceased by a son, Ronald E. Chapell; two brothers; and a sister.

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

A celebration of Richard’s life will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017 beginning at 3pm at “the Flats” in Sweden Valley.  Friends are invited to bring a dish to pass. Meat will be provided.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Potter Post 192 American Legion, 3 Buffalo Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

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

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



The bell has rang for another angel. Steve is now with his family where he wanted to be. My condolence goes out to Jean, Roger and Dick. Always remember he will be watching over you with your mother to help him.

Doris Robison Jul 12 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Chapell

Bill Goodnoe Jul 10 2017 12:00 AM

New Steve for a lot of years worked with him for many years. Always envied his green thumb and garden it was a sight to see driving by the flats looking down there and seeing it . Sad to see him go but now he's back with the love of his life .

Bill Goodnoe Jul 10 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Chapell

Mr. & Mrs. John R & Michelle (Osborne) Morsberger Jul 9 2017 12:00 AM

When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. May you take comfort in knowing that Uncle Steve is joining Aunt Gloria and you have another angel to watch over you now. We extend our most sincere condolences to the family. Uncle Steve was a great guy.

Mr. & Mrs John & Michelle (Osborne) Morsberger Jul 9 2017 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy for the Chapell family. He was a kind man. I have many great memories of him from growing up in the Valley. May he rest in peace. My prayers are with you all.

Sue Lawrence Jul 9 2017 12:00 AM

Dickie and Family, We are very sorry to hear about your Dad. We didn't know him but if he was anything like you, Dickie, we would have liked him a lot. Our sincere wishes go to you and your family. Love Chris and Rege

Rege and Chris Schatz Jul 9 2017 12:00 AM