Earl Chapman

Earl R. Chapman

May 14, 1934 - January 12, 2018


Earl R. Chapman, 83, of Creston, died Friday January 12, 2018 at LifeCare Hospice in Wooster after a nearly four year battle with prostate cancer.

Earl was born in Akron on Mother's Day May 14th, 1934.  He was the second son to the Reverend Lawrence and Elsie (Brumbaugh) Chapman.  He graduated from Ostrander High School (Delaware County, Ohio) in 1952.  A respectful patriot, he joined the Ohio National Guard (1952-1960) following high school.  During his time in the National Guard he was a Mess Steward.  He had the rank of Sergeant 1st Class.   After living and working in Columbus for several years he married Anne (Chaffin) Chapman on June 27th, 1959 at Creston United Methodist Church, she survives.  He was a member of Grace Church in Wooster.

Earl was a 40 year employee of Westfield Group and retired in 1997 as a Project Manager in their Information Systems Department. During his tenure there he often created birthday cards for his coworkers.  Upon retirement this act of kindness continued through his  signature "Earlmark" greeting cards, individualized to touch each person through poem and pictures generated from his home computer.  This tradition spanned more than 20 years.

An unwavering Christian, Earl  was the head of a family that is solid.  He loved and cherished his wife, three daughters, eleven grandchildren, and was an active member in the community.  Earl enjoyed family gatherings, singing, playing the piano by ear, and was also a talented painter.  He was an avid sports fan, fisherman and hunter.  He enjoyed camping, boating and water-skied into his seventies.

In addition to his wife Anne, he is survived by his daughters, Tracy (Bill) Detling of Montville, (Geauga County), Christine (Winston III) Wyckoff of Burbank and Connie (Mark) Schmidt of Creston. His grandchildren Joshua (Cayte Ternes) Detling of Mentor, Paul Detling of Sarasota FL, Joseph, Linnea and Elizabeth Detling of Montville; Winston IV (Karlee Troyer) Wyckoff of Creston, Olivia (Wyckoff) Colton Hale of Burbank and Wyatt Wyckoff of Burbank; Rachel, Sarah and Garrett Schmidt of Creston.  Two brothers, Don Chapman of Hendersonville, NC and Ted (Patty) Chapman of Murfreesboro, TN, and local brother in Christ, John Elliott of Wooster.  Also surviving are two aunts and an uncle and many cousins including Vernon (Marlene) Brumbaugh of Medina.

He was proceeded in death by his parents and sisters in-law, Angela and Jeanine Chapman.

Services will be held at 11 o'clock on January 16th, at Grace Church, 4599 Burbank Road Wooster Ohio, with Pastor Robert Fetterhoff officiating.  Private burial will take place after the service at Creston Maple Mound Cemetery.  Friends may call on Monday evening, January 15th  from 4-7 p.m. at Murray Funeral Home, 173 S. Main St., Creston.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to The Salvation Army (Coats for Kids) or Grace Church's Celebration Choir. 

 To leave an expression of sympathy for the family, please send through the Message Board on the left.


Name: Roger & Mary Shelton

Deepest sympathy extended to the entire family.  Earl was such a kind, caring person.  We are lucky to have known him. 


Name: Laura Croftcheck

Dear Christine and Family,
Vince and I were so sorry to hear of the passing of Earl. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We felt very honored to get to know him and call him our friend!! 


Name: Terry Phelps

So sorry for your loss. Such a great man. Loved his smile and his heart for God. Our prayers for the family. 


Name: Gary and Carolann Oswald

To the family of Earl Chapman, we send our thoughts of sympathy at this time of his passing.  We were recipients of many of the "Earlmark" cards that he sent with thoughtful interest in others, and remember him in this way.  May his life of faith, accomplishment and love of family fill you with comfort.  Sincerely,  Carol and Gary Oswald 


Name: Dwight Hicks

I had the pleasure of working for and with Earl for many years at Westfield. Earl was one of the original I.T. guys at Westfield (along with Dewey, Paul, Wayne, Bill).  Great guy..a mentor to me and many.  Deepest sympathies to family. 


Name: Kelly Woessner

My sincere condolences at this time of loss but hope you'll find solace in the memories of your husband, father, and grandfather. Earl was so loved by the Brumbaugh family. I am unable to attend the memorial service but instead will keep you in my prayers.
Kelly Brumbaugh Woessner


Name: Donna (Bordacs) Ambrose

My sincere sympathy to Earl's family.  Our family was a part of Seville Baptist Church where Earl's father was the pastor, so I knew Earl back in the 1950's.  He was a caring person back then so I was not surprised to see that he was a devoted Christ follower throughout his life.  May you find comfort and love from our God during this difficult time. 



Name: Robert and Marcia Vilk

God bless.


Name: LuAnn Jameson Holtz

To the Chapman Family:
Earl's voice will definitely be missed at the Norwayne games.  I loved to hear his unmistakable voice reverberating through the crowd.  It was always calming and reverent - he sang every note with love in his heart and pride in his words.  The National Anthem will not be the same for those of us that were fortunate enough to sit near him and listen to him sing! 

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.  May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.

Name: Anna (Brumbaugh) Cass

Our thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with you.  I had the privilege of being blessed at many Christmases with his Earlmark cards. 



Name: Sandy Steward

On behalf of me and my family, please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of Earl.  What a testimony to know he is now in the presence of his Lord and Savior.  At this time of sorrow that is comfort to know he is no longer suffering the pains of this world.  May God wrap each of you and your families in His arms at this time.

Sandy (Cochrell) Steward,
Richard & Rachel



Name: Nettie Baltic

Dear Ann and to your lovely family,
So So Sorry for Your Loss, You have my deepest sympathy! So sad to hear of Earl's passing.  I hold a lot of fond memories working at Westfield and finding a friend like Earl.  I too have a birthday card that Earl has made me.  Cherished memories throughout  all those years. So sorry I cannot attend the funeral but will keep you all in thought and prayer.

Hugs to you Ann, God Bless and keep you in his loving care.



Name: The Sheipline family

 Sending prayers of comfort and strength to Earl’s family.  I remember chats with him around softball fields many summers ago. He always had a smile and a kind word.


Name: Dick Glenda Shilling

May God be with you,Ann and your family. Our prayers are with you.


Name: Sherry Uhl Oberhardt

My Mother, Vivian (Uhl) Van Houten, and I were deeply saddened to read of Earl's passing.  I have wonderful memories of him and his family as I was growing up & attending Creston United Methodist Church with my family.  He was a very special person--always a smile on his face.  We are sending our heartfelt condolences to his family and will be keeping them in our prayers.


Name: Gary and Lana Knecht

Ann and Family,  You have our deepest sympathy.  He and Gary worked together at Westfield for many years.  We always looked forward to receiving his beautiful Christmas card.  He was very talented and very good person.  We are keeping you and your family in pray!  God Bless  







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