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Edward Chapman

Edward H. Chapman

West Richland, Wash.

October 2, 1943 - February 12, 2016

Edward H. Chapman passed away unexpectedly at his home in West Richland, Wash., on Feb. 12, 2016. He was born Oct. 2, 1943, in Prairie City, Ore.

A member of the 1961 Clackamas High School graduating class, Ed went on to live a life that touched many people. After completing his plumbing apprenticeship, Ed moved his family to Hood River, where he was employed by Hood River Plumbing & Heating.

During his time in Hood River, Ed was an active member of the Hood River Jaycees and Fraternal Order of the Eagles. He became a volunteer member of the Hood River Fire Department, moving through the ranks to become an emergency medical technician and engineer. After a few years working as a plumber, he went on to form his own plumbing business. He continued a career in fire protection services as the fire chief for Woodland, Wash., from 1992-1996, helping to coordinate emergency services during the 1996 floods.

In 1996, he moved to West Richland, where he was chief of Benton County Fire District No. 4 until 1999. In July 2005, he was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer and underwent radiation treatment. And while the cancer was thought to be treated, in December of that year he underwent surgery to remove his larynx. But even that couldn’t slow Ed down as he went on to be involved with the International Association of Laryngectomees as vice president, starting the Spokane Laryngectomee Club in 2011, and speaking to groups to help spread a greater understanding and support of individuals and families of laryngectomies.
He is survived by his wife Barbara, sister Kathryn Medina, children Michael Chapman, Carrie Macrum, Dennis Chapman, Shelley Vaught McDonald, and John Vaught, and eight grandchildren.

A Celebration of Ed’s life will be held on April 16, 2016, at 3:30 p.m. at the Benton County Fire District No. 4, 2604 Bombing Range Road, West Richland, Wash. Cards and condolences can be sent to Mike Chapman, 270 S. Heather St., Cornelius, OR 97113.

For those who desire to, donations to the American Cancer Society www.cancer.org can be made in memory of Edward Chapman.

Services for Edward H. Chapman

  • April 16, 2016
    • Celebration of Life: 3:30 p.m.
      Benton County Fire District No. 4, 2604 Bombing Range Road, West Richland, Wash.
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