Eugene Chappell

Eugene H Chappell

Friday, November 12th, 1926 - Sunday, January 20th, 2019
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Eugene “Gene” Harold Chappell, 92, of Dubuque joined his heavenly family Sunday, January 20, 2019, at Mercy Health Center, with loving family in attendance. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 pm Friday, February 22, 2019 at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where Masonic services will be recited at 7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1755 Delhi St, Dubuque IA. where visitation will also be held Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.
Gene was born November 12, 1926 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of George H. and Stella D. (Jecklin) Chappell. After graduating from Dubuque Senior High School in 1944, he joined and served in the US Navy, as a Pharmacists Mate 3 Class. He was also a member of the U.S. Navy Choir. He studied at University of Dubuque for a short time after.
He married Gerda Hanselmann on May 7, 1950 at St. John’s Lutheran Church. The couple met during a combined choir between St. Marks and St. John's and they were married for 68 years. He was also a member of the original capital campaign committee, for the building of Luther Manor, Hillcrest. Eugene was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, and volunteered as a money counter, for many years.
He was employed and was a member of the Dubuque Typographical Union #22 for 40 years, working primarily in the composing room of the Dubuque Telegraph Herald.
Gene was a committeeman for the Boy Scouts of America troop 48, where he was bestowed the prestigious honor of membership in the Order of the Arrow.
He was a member of the Great River Amateur Radio Club, WB0QMA, and enjoyed talking to Ham Radio friends locally and around the world.
He loved bike riding with family and friends, and he frequented trails in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. Besides biking, seldom was a day missed of walking with his usual friends, at the Mall.
Very dear to his heart was his Masonic involvement. He was a thirty second degree Mason and was active in the Shrine, Grotto, Knight Templar, High Twelve, Yorkrite, and Scottish Rite.
Beloved to Gene was his cottage get away in St. Donatus Iowa, where family and friends met for generations together, to fish the Tete De Morte creek, or sit and chat by the fire.
He is survived by his wife, Gerda Chappell of Dubuque; three children, Miriam J. Hoffman of Dubuque, Joan K. (David) Soltwisch of Minooka, IL, and Timothy G. (Darla) Chappell of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Ben and Adam (Jessica) Hoffman; Rochelle (Mark) Quiner, Juliene Soltwisch; and Kurtis (Rachael) Chappell; nine great grandchildren, Madlin, Colin, Nathan, Audrey, Kolton, Cora, Liam, Annette, Juliet; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and three siblings, George, Carlton and Joyce (Chappell) Van Drie.
Memorials can be sent to Swiss Valley Nature Center, Camp Klaus, or the Dubuque Shriners.

Special Thank You to all who helped Gene stay at home, especially Nurse Heidi, his neighbors, and friends Wayne, Russ and Fred.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 22nd, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, February 22nd, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory
    2659 John F. Kennedy Road
    DUBUQUE, IA 52002
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
    1755 Delhi Street
    DUBUQUE, IA 52001
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 11:00am
    Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
    1755 Delhi Street
    DUBUQUE, IA 52001
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  • Interment

    Linwood Cemetery
    2735 Windsor Avenue, 2735 Windsor Avenue
    DUBUQUE, IA 52001
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Kim Murdock-Timmerman

Posted at 12:32pm
Gene was such a nice man. Both of our children, Sara and Scott, took piano lessons from Gerda for many years and Gene always had a kind word when we were at the house. I'm glad he was able to remain at home until the end and send hugs to his entire family from the Timmerman's. Take care, Kim Murdock-Timmerman

Gerald Edgar

Posted at 09:27am
Gene was truly one of those rare individual's who always was smiling and had a genuine interest in whomever he was speaking with. Normally he would be the first to say 'hi' and call you by your name when you ran into him. The only times he was not smiling to my recollection, was when he was giving serious thought to a deep question asked of him. He was indeed one of the best examples of that 'greatest' generation. My ultimate compliment is to say my late Dad, Ray Edgar, felt the same way.
Gerald Edgar

Daryl Girffith

Posted at 12:37pm
Gene was a wonderful kind man. I enjoyed having lunch with him many time over the past few years at Wendy's. We also walked
together at the mall many times. He always enjoyed talking about his favorite team the Cubs. He had many Masonic friends
and enjoyed the activities at the temple. He seemed to be a friend to every one he met. He will be missed very much.
Daryl Griffith

Charlie Becker

Posted at 08:32pm
Gene was a true gentle man in every sense of the word. A role model, we could all look up with admiration. He will be dearly missed...

Karol Sue Braun

Posted at 11:07am
Gene and Gerda will always hold a special place in our hearts. Our son, Ryan, took piano lessons for many years and we do much enjoyed our Saturday mornings there. He still sits down at the piano the minute he gets to our house. Sending love and prayers of comfort to your family. Karol Sue Braun

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