Kenneth L. Chapman

Born: Thu., Jun. 18, 1925
Died: Mon., Nov. 13, 2017


1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Sun., Nov. 19, 2017
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Celebration of Life

3:00 PM Sun., Nov. 19, 2017
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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Kenneth L. “Kenny” Chapman, 92, of Willow Hill, IL passed away on Monday Nov.13, 2017 at Ridgeview Care Center in Oblong, IL.

Born in Jasper County, IL on June 18, 1925 he was the son of Evertt and Hazel (Faught) Chapman. In 1947 he married Gracie Burk who preceded him in death on Feb.1, 1964. On Nov. 1964 he married Vonda Goff who preceded him in death in 2003. On Aug. 30, 2013 he married Dana Lewis (Cook) Finney who survives.

Kenny worked in construction for 10 years, was a truck driver for Teamsters Union Local 126 Mattoon, IL and was owner/operator of Chapman Sanitation Service for 14 years. He served in the United States Navy during WWII and was a member of the Willow Hill United Methodist Church. Kenny previously lived in Gary, IN before moving to Willow Hill, IL in 1959.  He was an elder at his church, belonged to the Ste. Marie American Legion Post#0932, Effingham V.F.W. Post#1769 and just transferred his membership to Crawford County V.F.W. Post #4549 in Robinson, IL.  He graduated from Oblong High School in 1943 and was a member of Modern Woodmen, Royal Neighbors and Ambraw Eagles Club in Newton, IL.  Kenny enjoyed country dancing, flea markets, walking his dog, reading and watching westerns and was a fan of John Wayne.  Kenny was a daily attendee at the local barbershop to keep up on what was going on in the area.

Survivors include his wife Dana Chapman, Newton, IL; one son and daughter-in law Kenneth Bruce and Kala Chapman, Newton, IL; three daughters and son-in-law Terrie Lee Chapman, Montana, Cleo Lynn Hightshoe, Palestine, IL and Shelia Jean and Mark Menasco, Law Vegas, NV; two step sons and step daughters-in-law Terry F. and Paula Rose, Altamont, IL and Kenneth Wayne and Sandy Rose, Altamont, IL; step daughter Nancy Jo Larimer, Effingham, IL. Kenny is also survived by three sisters and brothers-in-law Louise and Don Turner, Marshall, IL, Doris Stifle, Robinson, IL and Patricia and Marcus Rasmussen, Bloomington, IL; step brother and step sister-in-law Bill and Billie Cox, Oblong, IL along with several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and two brothers-in-law Bob Tracy, Robinson, IL and Lee Bogaczyki, White Heath, IL.

Preceding him in death were his parents, two wives, one grandson, three sisters Macie Hollinger, JoAnn Tracy and Donna Bogaczyki, son-in-law Jack Hightshoe and brother-in-law Bob Stifle.

A Celebration of Life Service will be at 3:00 PM on Sunday November 19, 2017 at Pulliam Funeral Home Oblong, IL. Visitation the will be from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Sunday November 19, 2017 at the Pulliam Funeral Home, Oblong, IL. Burial will follow in Mound Cemetery rural Jasper Co. with Military rites conducted by Crawford Co. V.F.W. Post #4549.  

Expression of sympathy may take the form of a contribution to the Crawford County V.F.W. Post # 4549 with envelopes available at or may be mailed to Pulliam Funeral Home P.O. Box 121 Oblong, IL 62449.

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Susan Mitchell
   Posted Tue November 14, 2017
Dear Dana & Family: God granted us a "dancing angel" in dear Kenny. I have many fond memories of Kenny at the area dances in the last 6 1/2 years and at the Bonfire get-togethers you two had at your Willow Hill Home. May God Bless Your Entire Family During This Difficult Time! Susan Mitchell, John Stephens, & Our Families.

Tony and Karen Calvert-Hunt
   Posted Wed November 15, 2017
Dear Sweet Cleo and Family, Tony and I are so sorry for Your loss, You have All been on Our Minds and in Our Hearts these last few days. We continue to keep All in Our Thoughts and Prayers at this sad time, Love Always

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