Ronald L. Chapin, 73 , of 465 Marvin St., Wilcox, died on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center following a brief illness.
He was born on Nov. 21, 1937 in Kansas City, Kan., son of the late Charles D. and Ruby I. Woodcock Chapin.
He married V. Louise "Lou" Lehman on July 16, 1994 in the Wilcox Lutheran Church. She survives.
He resided in Wilcox for the past 18 years and was formerly of McPherson, KS. He graduated from McPherson High School in 1955.
He was a member of the Wilcox American Legion, where he was the secretary, treasurer and Adjutant, was the 28th District Commander for the Pennsylvania American Legion for two years and was number one for two consecutive years in 2003 and 2004, for state memberships in the American Legion. He was also a member of the Wilcox Sportsmen's Club and the Elk County Vietnam Veteran's Association.
He served as a sergeant in the Vietnam era from 1955 to 1963 at Camp Lejeune, NC.
He had been employed by Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys for nine years, retiring in 2000.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Kyle Chapin and his wife Dylan of McPherson, KS and Kevin Chapin and his wife Pam of Inman, KS; two daughters, Michelle Marlette of Leon, KS and Kimberly Swanner of Inman, KS; one stepdaughter, Stina Lehman of Kane; nine grandchildren, Brooke, Brandon, Brant and Brynn Swanner, Brandi Callison, Alex, Darian and Caleb Chapin and Tucker Chapin; and one great-grandaughter, Maggie Callison.
He was predeceased by his parents.
A memorial service for Ronald L. Chapin will be conducted at the Anthony F. Ferragine Funeral Home, 401 Chestnut St., Johnsonburg, on Friday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m., officiated by the Rev. Warren Hollertz of the Wilcox Lutheran Church.
There will be no visitation.
Military honors will be accorded by the Johnsonburg-Wilcox Servicemen's Detail. Detail members are asked to assemble at the funeral home Friday morning at 10:30 a.m.