ISHPEMING, Mich. -James G. Chapman, age 73, of Ishpeming, passed away at his home on Friday, June 8, 2012 following a two-year courageous battle with cancer. Jim was under the loving care of his family and U.P. Home Health & Hospice.
Jim was born January 30, 1939 in Hubbell, the son of the late Clarence and Effie (Kotajarvi) Chapman. He grew up in Tamarack City and was a graduate of Dollar Bay High School, Class of 1956.
He served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1960, having been stationed in Germany.
He returned to the U.P. following his service time and worked for the Arthur G. McKee Construction Co. for a period of 11 years, working mainly on mine construction projects in Michigan and Minnesota. Jim was then employed by Cleveland Cliffs Iron Co. for 30 years. While at Cliffs, he had been the controller at the Empire and Tilden Mines locally and had also worked in Colorado and Trinidad. He spent his final two years in the main office in Cleveland, retiring in 2002.
Jim was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Ishpeming.
He loved his summer camp on the Dead River Basin and time spent boaring with his daughter, Denise and family. The Little Dead Wednesday Night Social Club was always a favorite of Jim's. He truly cherished time spent duck hunting with his son, "Chipper," along with the annual ritual of deer camp.
He had been a member of the Ishpeming Ski Club and had coached ski-jumping for several years. He was a member of the Wawonowin Country Club and enjoyed golfing. He was also a member of VFW Post 4624, Hubbell, Ishpeming Elks Lodge 447 and the Masonic Lodge.
During his retirement years, Jim and Kathy spent the winter months in South Padre Island, Texas.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Kathryn (Mayry) Chapman of Ishpeming; a daughter, Denise (Brent) Clark of Ishpeming; a son, Jim "Chipper" (Andrea) Chapman of Eau Clair, Wis.; four grandchildren, Kate and Jacob Clark and Jenna and Abby Chapman; three sisters, Patricia (Angelo) Decarlo of Hot Springs Village, Ark., Glenda (Ed) Bayles of Orland Park, Ill, and Lori (Chuck) Trasti of Green Bay, Wis.; along with several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2012, in the Bethany Lutheran Church in Ishpeming with Rev. Warren Greier to officiate. The family will greet relatives and friends from 2 until time of services in the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Bethany Lutheran Church memorial fund, 715 Mather Ave., Ishpeming, MI 49849 in Jim's memory.
His obituary may be viewed at bjorkandzhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.