Blair J. “Corky” Chapman Jr., 76, of Devils Lake, ND, formerly of Minnewaukan, ND, passed away Wednesday morning, March 7, 2018, at CHI, St. Alexius Heath, Devils Lake Hospital with his loving family at his bedside.
Blair J. “Corky” Chapman Jr., 76, of Devils Lake, ND, formerly of Minnewaukan, ND, passed away Wednesday morning, March 7, 2018, at CHI, St. Alexius Heath, Devils Lake Hospital with his loving family at his bedside. Funeral Services for Corky will be held on Saturday, March 10 at 11 a.m. at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake with Reverend Jim Paulson officiating. Burial will be in the Minnewaukan Presbyterian Cemetery, rural Minnewaukan in the spring. Gathering of family and friends will be held on Friday, March 9, at the funeral home from 5 until 7 p.m. and will continue on Saturday one hour prior to the funeral service. Blair James was born on June 24, 1941, at Devils Lake to Blair and Doris (Hahn) Chapman. He grew up in the Minnewaukan area and would live his whole life in the Lake Region. He attended school in Minnewaukan and graduated from BCATS (Benson County Agriculture and Training School) in 1959. He married his high school sweetheart, Marlene Alfstad, on May 20, 1961, at Bremen, ND. They lived for a short time in Devils Lake, three years in Maddock, ND and then established their home on the Chapman family farm, north of Minnewaukan, in 1966. Here they would live, work side-by-side and raise their children through the years. In 1978, they became owners and operators of ‘Chapman’s Grocery’ in Minnewaukan. Marlene managed the store most of the time, because Corky’s passion for farming and the outdoors kept him busy. His favorite part-time job was as a bus driver for the Minnewaukan School District. In Sept. of 2001, they retired and moved to Devils Lake. Corky kept active working at Summer’s Manufacturing in Devils Lake until health issues forced him to retire. Corky loved the outdoors and enjoyed each season in a different way. He treasured many camping and fishing trips with family and friends, horseback and trail riding, hunting, snowmobiling. If it could be done outdoors, Corky was probably going to try it. Blair was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Minnewaukan and enjoyed membership in the Jaycee’s. He was a strong supporter of the city of Minnewaukan and the many events and activities of the community. Corky is survived by his loving family. His wife of over 56 years, Marlene; children, Jim (Bernadette) Chapman of Tacoma, Wash., Brenda (Monty) Seibel of San Diego, Calif. and Lisa (Ray Belford) Webster of Devils Lake; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, Broden, George, Calloway, Stevie, Jack, Hank, Eleanor and Sawyer; many beloved sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Thomas ‘Bud’, Larry and Carol ‘Bing’ Chapman; sisters, Jean Krowel and Doris Aasmundstad and in-laws, Frank and Myrtle (Helland) Alfstad. Honorary Bearers are Blair’s seven grandchildren, Blair Chapman, Kodie Chapman and Chelsi Lyon, Devin Seibel, Adam Seibel and Bailey Seibel and Kellin Jund.