July 2, 1932 - January 14, 2022
Age 89. Harold Lee Chapman was born at home in Marshall, Minnesota, the younger son of Charles G. And Stella Chapman. He attended school and grew up in Marshall, graduating in 1950. After high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and took his training at the Naval Training Station at Great Lakes, IL. He studied aviation electronics among other skills.
He met and married Katherine Trevillian while serving near her Virginia home. They were blessed with two daughters and one son during their marriage.
During this time, Harold Lee served in Corpus Christi, TX; NALF Fentress, VA; Alameda, CA; USS Kearsarge air craft carrier, on which he served in the far east 1955 – 1956; Border Field & Barbers Point in Hawaii, and Hawaii Armed Services Police.
He and his wife divorced in 1960. Three years later he was in the Naval Reserves at NAS Los Alamos, CA when a friend introduced him to Joyce Koenig, who was teaching elementary school in Anaheim, CA. They married in December 1963 in Fullerton, CA at Orangethorpe Methodist Church. The Navy transferred him to Seattle, WA in 1965. They lived in Lynnwood, WA north of Seattle. During this time, they were blessed with a daughter. When she was a year hold Harold was transferred once more, with only a year to go to a 20-year retirement. They moved to Perkasie, PA north of Philadelphia so he could finish his retirement of 20 years of service.
They returned to the rocky mountain west where Harold completed his BA degree and started another career: Teaching on the elementary level. He taught school in Lyman 4 years and was elementary principal.
In 1982 he received his Masters Degree through Fordham while he worked through 18 years as a District 10 Nebraska probation officer.
In 1955, Joyce and Harold Lee both retired, He from the NE Probation System, and she from 30-some years of teaching school. They settled in Gering, NE. By then, their daughter was through college and married, but living in the Lincoln and Omaha areas. In 2011 they did move from Gering to the Omaha area to be near their daughters, and their families. One more grandchild was added to the family with the adoption of Maddie. They arrived in Lincoln to greet her and so did her paternal grandparents.
Harold loved to travel, fish, and hunt and he did so. They leave so many happy memories. It was hard to see him suffer, but we know God is good and will take care of him through the gift of Christ’s blood paid for each of us if we accept it. Till we meet again.
Survived by Joyce, his wife of 58 years. Jean, her husband and granddaughter Cyndi, her stepchildren and daughter Dianne, her daughter Veronica.
Visitation will be held at Roeder Mortuary, Monday from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Graveside Service is Tuesday 2:00 PM at Omaha National Cemetery.
Roeder Mortuary, 2727 N 108th Street, Omaha, NE 68164 496-9000 www.RoederMortuary.com