June 2, 1929 — September 3, 2017
Our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Edward "Ted" Chapman, passed away at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis on September 3, 2017, after having lived with Parkinson's disease for 29 years.
Ted was born June 2, 1929, to Walter Rex Chapman and Gladys Emma (Young) Chapman in Mission Township, Crow Wing County, Minnesota. He was the third of three children, including brother Rex and sister Leah. His parents and siblings preceded him in death.
Ted served in the US Army and was stationed in Alaska.
He met his bride, Betty Barnes Chapman at a skating rink in Roseburg in 1954. They were married on July 1, 1955, and recently celebrated 62 years together.
Ted and Betty moved to Corvallis so that he could attend Oregon State College. Betty worked as a hairdresser to support the family while Ted attended school.
In 1962, Ted graduated with a degree in Geology and they settle permanently in Philomath.
Ted worked as an Engineering Geologist for the Army Corps of Engineers and then for the US Forest Service in the same capacity.
After retiring in 1994, he started an independent business doing carpentry and then he managed the Masonic Lodge in Corvallis for 10 years.
Ted was proud to be a participating member of the Corvallis Masonic Lodge #14, as well as a member of the Corvallis Evangelical Church.
He always said, “I'm an Engineering Geologist by profession, a carpenter by trade, and an artist by choice.” Ted was a master wood craftsman, who became a painter, and finally a marquetry artist. His marquetry will be on display at the Philomath Museum in January 2018.
Ted is survived by his wife, Betty; son Benjamin and wife Pam of Valley Village California; daughter Wendy and husband Tom Phelps of Philomath (Joy and Jarrod Hatem, Melissa and Eric Skaugset, and Kate, Sam and Kernan Phelps), daughter, Leah Chapman of Eugene (Marcus and Andre’ Post, Eligio and Haley Pastrana, Ruby Velasquez, and Kristin and Craig Collett); former son-in-law Don Post of Salem; and six great-grandchildren, with another one due in January of 2018.
The family is grateful for the compassionate caregivers who took care of Ted over the years, especially Hospice Transitions Volunteer Russell Sullivan, who became a friend over the six years he knew Ted, and the staff of P.S. We Love Seniors Foster Home.
Ted chose to donate his body to Oregon Health Sciences University to further the research into a possible cure for Parkinson's disease.
There will be a service at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland at a future date.
Memorial donations in Ted’s memory can be made to Benton County Hospice, or the Corvallis Evangelical Church.