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Larry Chapman
October 17, 1943 - September 30, 2019

Larry Chapman, 75, of Oelwein passed away Monday September 30, 2019.  Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Tuesday October 8, 2019 at the Geilenfeld-Buehner Funeral Home.  Funeral services will begin at 10:30 AM on Wednesday October 9, 2019 at the funeral home.  Interment will be in the Oran Township Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to the family.

Lawrence Paul Chapman was born in Oelwein on October 17, 1943 to parents Lawrence William and June Eleanor (Bowers) Chapman.  Larry graduated from Oelwein High School with the class of 1962.  He was a longtime farmer and auto mechanic.  Larry was a family man who loved many things, including fresh strawberries, pears and peaches, plow days, making hay, mechanic work, tractor rides, class reunions and spending time with his family and close friends.  Larry did things his own way!

Left to celebrate Larry’s life is his brother Dick (Mary) Chapman of Oelwein; his sister Eleanor (Dave Adams) Ritter of Oelwein; his niece Angela Fernandez of Watertown, NY; his step-niece Kimmie (Brian) McGraw of Cedar Rapids; special friends: Jeanette and Larry Lillibridge and Mark and Rita Hillman, as well as many more close friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his nephew Mitchell Chapman.


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Loel Fink on October 9, 2019 at 6:33 AM said:

Gramps, the fun times with Aaron and his '64 "409" ragtop, to Waterloo we went. You were always catching up so you were "Gramps". In your dad's station...working on our cars...so many memories...but time moves on. You were a good, faithful, loyal friend. My condolences to the Chapman family. Loel
Diann (Weaver) Cross on October 7, 2019 at 6:37 PM said:

Sorry for the loss of your bother/uncle. Larry was a good guy and he was very kind to me many years ago when I needed help with my car.
Robin and Bill Rosenstiel on October 7, 2019 at 2:38 PM said:

To Dick and Mary and to all the Chapman Family,sending deepest sympathy in the passing of you Brother
Craig Fratzke on October 7, 2019 at 9:33 AM said:

I have many fond high school days memories of my friend Larry, our nickname for him was "Gramps". Hanging out evenings at his Dad's station on South Frederick where we could piddle around with our cars. Our trips to Waterloo to visit the "Golden Arches" picking up a bag of burgers, fries and a shake for less than a couple of bucks and then over to Tunis Speedway for the stock car races! At our high school class reunions, I don't think he ever missed one, it was always good to see him and talk about the old days, we'd laugh at memories of go kart races where on more than one occasion he'd crash and throw his right shoulder out of joint and someone would have to help him put it back in place!
I won't forget you, Larry, I'll smile when I remember the fun we had and your quiet, kind and gentle ways. Rest in peace my friend.
Glen Purdy on October 7, 2019 at 9:05 AM said:

Larry was truly one of the nicest people you will ever meet. I had a great time in my youth with the Chapman family, working for Larry on the farm and just hanging out with Larry and Dick and the Chapman family. Larry always had a smile and was there to help if you needed him. I will miss being able to see and talk with him. May God bless Larry and the whole Chapman family you are a great part of my memories and hopefully we still have some memories to make with the Chapmans.
We love you all
Mary and Glen Purdy
Nancy & Lyle Miller on October 7, 2019 at 6:01 AM said:

Sincere condolences. Larry was good guy & will be missed. May he rest in peace.

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