Lewis Michael Chappell
Beloved son, father, grandfather, and friend, Lewis "Louie" Chappell, 69, of Apache Junction, AZ passed away on January 05, 2016 after a valiant fight against brain cancer. Louie had a warrior’s spirit and a huge heart and overcame many struggles in his lifetime until he succumbed to his final illness.
Louie was born in Goffstown, NH on July 25th, 1946 and was preceded in death by his father: Lewis Chappell, his wife (the love of his life) Patricia Chappell, and his brother: Dennis Chappell. Louie’s legacy lives on through his mother: Marjorie Chappell, daughters Pamela (Peter) Kline and Karen (Gregg) Elder, and his cherished grandchildren: Caitlin, Matthew, Zabric and Athena, as well as many loving relatives and friends.
Louie grew up in New Hampshire and lived there until he moved to Arizona with his wife and daughters in 1980. He resided in Apache Junction for the next 35 years. He was a proud Army Veteran, serving with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, 503rd Regiment, 2nd Batallion, C-Company, the "Sky Soldiers", during the Vietnam War. Louie served his country faithfully from 1966-1968. He continued to serve his country as a veteran by actively taking part in his local VFW chapter, Post 9399, where he served on the board as Judge Advocate.
Louie loved cars, driving them, racing them, and fixing them. He worked many years as a cross-country truck driver and auto mechanic. He owned several businesses and eventually retired to spend quality time with his wife, Patricia, before she passed away in 2014.
Louie served his community in many facets. He was always helping out neighbors, friends and strangers. He would lend a hand, or offer his services to anyone he saw in need. Louie loved hunting, fishing, camping, traveling and later in his life he found a real passion for cooking and baking.
Louie was the epitome of generosity, service, and selflessness and he leaves behind a family and community that will feel his absence in many ways. Louie’s memorial service will be held at Mountain View Memorial Gardens, in Mesa Arizona on January 13th, 2016 at 2:00pm. In his remembrance donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (877) 832- 6997 or the American Heart Association (800) 242-8721. If you would like to send flowers or remembrance please send them to Mountain View Memorial Gardens in Mesa Arizona on January 12th, 2016.