Ronnie E. Chapman Sr., longtime resident of Roseville, died peacefully in his sleep on May 2, 2020. He was 76 years of age.
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Ronnie was born on December 18, 1943 in Jacksboro, Tennessee, one of seven children to the late Elmer and Euldene (Hatfield) Chapman. He was a 1961 graduate of Lincoln High School of Warren, where he was known as the "News Reporter." Ronnie was united in marriage to his beautiful wife, Martha Jane Taylor, on June 25, 1966 in Warren, Michigan. The couple lived in Warren until moving to Roseville in 1971. He worked many years for Square D Electric of Madison Heights and retired in 2008 from Freeman Manufacturing of Roseville after 24 years of dedicated service.
Ronnie was known as the "Mayor" of his neighborhood. From Gratiot Avenue to Beaconsfield everyone knew his name and was the beacon of hope to his community. He enjoyed being out of the house everyday, woodworking or tending to his garden. Ronnie always looked forward to his fishing trips with his wife on Henderson Lake in Lupton, Michigan. He also enjoyed Hunting and was quite the Antique Collector. Ronnie will always be known for his gift of social networking, his value of friendship, his kindred spirit and his words of wisdom. He loved his family dearly and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. His light will continue to glow in our hearts forever.
Ronnie was the loving and devoted husband of the late Martha; dearest father of Ronnie (Teena) Jr. and Richard (Tracy); cherished grandfather of Ryan, Samantha, Kyle and Isabel; dear great grandfather of Ellie, Nicolas and Everly; dearest brother of Billy (Cheryl) Hatfield, Gayle Taylor, Kathy (James) Huffman, Donna (Eddie) Stanford and the late Robert Chapman, Orville (Barbara) Chapman and Michael McCulley; and beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Faulmann &Walsh Golden Rule Funeral Home, 32814 Utica Road, Wednesday from 4pm - 7pm; this will be open to everyone, we ask that you remain in your cars until the Funeral Director invites you in and asking that we spend only 15 mins per visit. A private funeral will take place on Thursday and burial will follow in White Chapel Cemetery, Troy, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association appreciated. Share memories at www.faulmannwalsh.com