Claude Duval “Skip” Chappelle III

Services for Claude Duval “Skip” Chappelle III, 63, Baldwin City, will be 5:00pm-7:00pm, Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory.

Mr. Chappelle died Saturday, February 16, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Skip was born November 17, 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri to Claude Duval and Mary Jacqueline Alexander Chappelle II. He graduated from Columbus High in Waterloo, Iowa, and later earned his Associate’s Degree in waste water management from Ft. Scott Community College.

He served as a United States Marine during Vietnam. He also worked for the City of Lawrence as a Water Plant Operator before his retirement.

Skip was a member of the American Legion and Eagles Club, he also enjoyed golfing, traveling, gambling, and playing board games with his family.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Christopher Chappelle and James (Gus) Chappelle.

Skip married Debbie Ruth Watson January 8, 1988 in Lawrence, Kansas. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include two sons, Jason Chappelle (Kelli) of Baldwin City, Kansas, and Joshua Chappelle of Phoenix, Arizona; a brother, J.P. Chappelle (Becky) of Albuquerque, New Mexico; three sisters, Claudia (Virgil) Brown of Charlotte, South Carolina, Jane Ann Curtis (Victor)of Hutchinson, Kansas, Sandy Chappelle of Baldwin City, Kansas, Milessia Dorenkamp of Seattle, Washington; and two grandchildren, Brayden and Payton Chappelle.

Friends may call from 9:00am to 8:00pm Tuesday, January 19, 2013 at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorials to the American Diabetes Association, sent in care of the funeral home.

Messages & Condolences

From Stephanie Powell...

Warm memories for all you where to myself and others….

From Teresa Ferguson...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Debbie. I am so thankful my path in this life crossed Skip’s and yours. He was a great man and will be missed. Sincerely.

From Robin & Jane Edmonds...

We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayer are with you and your family.
Robin & Jane Edmonds

From George & Cheryl Hunsinger...

Debbie so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. If we can do anything, allyou have to do is ask. Take and god bless.

From Ann & Brad House...

My heart felt thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. God Bless you all.

From Mark & Cheryll Elston...

Debbie our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Skip was a great guy and will be missed!!!

From Gail and Terry Schaplowsky...

My dear Debbie, we are so sorry for your loss. Though we haven’t seen you and Skip for a long while, we often remember the fun times we had with you. We will remember you in our prayers. May God give you peace during this difficult time. Love, Gail and Terry.

From Jody and Steve Hickert...

Debbie and Family,
Skip will not be forgotten for he was one who touched the lives of others in such a caring and warm way, he warmed the lives of all he was around. He found the way to others hearts by his friendship.
Know you are not alone, for the thoughts, support and strength of others who care are with you.
With Sympathy for your loss, Jody and Steve

From Steve Hall...

I worked with Skippy. Every time he entered the room, he would yell STEVE-O! Instantly getting my attention and putting a smile on my face. I will miss the skipper.

From Julie Thornton...

I had the unique experience of being parented for a few short years by a man who defines all that is good in men. Today the world is a much darker place without him. Whatever good I have accomplished in my life I owe at least in part to you. Glad you are out of pain. You were the best dad a girl could possibly have.

From Kimberley Slan...

I was so sorry to hear of Skips passing. He was a very kind & caring person who helped me through a difficult time in my life. It takes a special person to open up their home and their heart to teens who need help. I will always treasure the memories I have of
Skip and Joshua. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Kimberley Slan

From Sharon Shields...

Deb I heard this morning of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Skip was blessed to have you by his side throughout this past year of challenges. It is just hard to find the right words to say how sorry I am for your loss.

From Marci Stanwix...

I am very sorry to hear of Skip’s passing. Debbie you are in my thoughts and prayers.

From Gary and Julie Crowe...

We are so very sorry for your loss. Skip will be greatly missed. If there is anything we can do, please let us know. You all our in our thoughts and prayers.
Gary & Julie Crowe

From Don & Darlene Cole...

Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family. Very sorry for your loss.
Don & Darlene

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