Loren L. “Corky” Chapin, 89, of Rushville, MO, passed away Monday, October 15, 2018 at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Funeral service will be 2:00 PM, Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, Atchison, KS, with Rev. Keith Hoover officiating. Burial will follow at the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Rushville, MO. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:00pm to 2:00 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Wounded Warrior In Action Foundation or Bean Lake Levee Board and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.beckerdyer.com.
Corky was born May 21, 1929 in Armour, MO the son of Loren D. and Viola B. (Willis) Chapin. Corky was member of the Sugar Creek Christian Church, the Masonic Lodge #238, the 2nd Infantry Division Korean War Veterans Alliance, the Combat Infantrymen’s Association, the Second Indianhead Division Association, and the Bean Lake Levee Board.
Corky proudly entered the military, serving in the Korean War, and maintained close friendships to his army buddies for the remainder of his life. He held his military experience very much in private but we always knew that the bond he formed with his brothers in war were with him always.
He was the family’s walking historian. There was nothing Corky couldn’t tell you about the Chapin farm and the generations who preceded him. He gave us a sense of place and taught us our history. Corky’s beloved farm has been home to seven generations of Chapins and this made him especially proud.
With his employment at TWA, he was able to show his children the world (Honolulu, London, Paris, Athens, & Dublin) but there was no place that gave him greater joy than being at home on the farm. Here he enjoyed his family, birdwatching, caring for the wildlife and, of course deer, duck, turkey and mushroom hunting, which he continued to do. His passion was farming but his other interests included reading and keeping up on current events and supporting his local sports teams.
Corky demanded nothing more than he was willing to give. Honesty and respect were the two virtues which he held the highest. The softer side of Corky was saved for the love of his life, his wife Rosamond. He showed that love by picking her flowers, making her homemade cards, and never forgetting what he taught his children about marriage - there’s always time to hold hands, kiss goodnight, and that laughter, understanding, and compassion are what makes love last.
His legacy is his beloved family. Corky married Rosamond Arlene Caraway on January 5, 1958 at the Atchison United Methodist Church. She survives of the home. Additional survivors include a son John and Terry Chapin, Bean Lake, MO, two daughters, Kristan and Doug Brown, Kearney, MO, Robyn and Mark Cado, Kansas City, MO, a sister Carolyn (Dean) Ellingson, Everton, MO, a brother Warren (Iona) Chapin, Moore, OK, and eleven grandchildren; Brenna, Maren, Meghan, Katelyn, Ryann, Kyle, Erin, Madison, Gianna, Elijah, and Arlee, and one great grandchild, John. His parents, a daughter Lauren Chapin, and two sisters, Dorotha Chapin, and Jean Arrasmith Burchett also preceded him in death.