Robert Alfred “Bob” Chapman, age 93, was called home to Heaven on July 3, 2015. Born in Galveston, Texas on April 22, 1922 to Dora Agnes Bickett and Willoughby Joseph Chapman, Bob graduated Ball High School in 1939. He loved to fish, and his parents operated Bettison’s Fishing Pier, a popular Galveston landmark, until the 1940’s. In September 1941, Bob married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Elizabeth Warren, and they were happily married for 68 years. Until 1961, they lived in La Marque, Texas, where he was a Deacon at First Baptist Church. He later served as Deacon at First Baptist Church, Brownsville, Texas, West St. Charles Baptist Church in Luling, Louisiana, Calvary Baptist Church in Huntsville, Texas, and Trinity Baptist Church in Missoula, Montana. Bob had the heart of a Christian servant and loved his pastors and church families. He was a choir member and soloist with a beautiful tenor voice. Most recently, he was a member of Sagemont Baptist Church in Pearland, Texas. He lived his Christian faith every day, serving as a quiet example for his family and friends.
Bob served in WWII with the Army Air Corps, 774th Bombardment Squadron, 463rd Bomb Group as radio operator and bombardier in over 50 missions while stationed in Foggia, Italy. After the war, he was employed as an instrument mechanic with Amoco Chemicals in Texas City, Texas and Union Carbide Chemicals in Brownsville, Texas. He later worked for Brown & Root, Inc. in Texas, Kentucky, and New Jersey. After he retired, Bob and Dorothy lived in Huntsville, Texas until their 1993 move to Missoula, Montana, where they lived for 17 years.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy, sister Jean Bashor, brother-in-law Wayne Beall, nephews Bret Wayne Beall, Stephen Beall, and Harvey Michael Bashor, and his great-grandson Jackson Andrew Merillat. He is survived by sons John Chapman (wife Bev) of Phoenix, Arizona and Paul Chapman (wife Carol) of Pearland, Texas; daughters Anne Merillat of Bryan, Texas and Susan Lavering (husband Joel) of Florence, Montana. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, their spouses, and 17 great-grandchildren. He also leaves many nieces and nephews and their families, who called him “Uncle Bobby”. He loved his family deeply and was proud of each one of them. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends, but he has left a lasting legacy of faith and love.
Visitation will begin at 10 am on Friday, July 10, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home in Galveston. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 am with burial following at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock, Texas.