Robert M. “Bob” Chapman, age 95, of Dover, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at the Community Hospice Truman House, following a brief illness.
Born July 7, 1923, in Guysville, OH, he was a son of the late Pallie G. and Faye Marshall Chapman. Bob was a 1941 graduate of Rome-Canaan High School in Stewart, OH, and went on to earn his bachelors degree in 1946 from Ohio University, including credits from Yale University, which he attended during his time in the United States Navy Officers Candidate Program. Bob met his wife, the former Janet C. Polk, while attending Ohio U. They were married on June 29, 1947, and lived in East Cleveland until 1950, at which time they moved to Parkersburg, and then on to Dover in 1960. Bob became licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in 1950, was employed in Cleveland and Parkersburg prior to joining in partnership with the late Robert “Fizz” Miller in the Dover accounting firm of Miller & Miller Accountants, Inc. He retired from practice in 1992.
Bob was a life member of Savannah Lodge No. 466 F. & A.M., Guysville; an active member of the Elks Lodge in Dover and New Philadelphia; Union Country Club; Dover Rotary Club; and Dover First United Methodist Church. Bob also served on the board of directors and board of trustees of the Tuscarawas County YMCA. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, traveling and playing cards with his friends and family. In recent years, he enjoyed spending time with friends and playing cards at the Tuscarawas County Senior Center.
Bob is survived by his three children, Gary (Elma) Chapman of Middlebury, IN, Cindy (Wayne) Colvin of Bowling Green, OH, and Andy (Susan) Chapman of Hampstead, NC; his grandchildren, Amy (Joe) Mustafa of Fishers, IN, Laura (James) Rosenberg currently residing in East Asia, Kimberly (Jon) Chleboun of Durham, NC, Scott (Lacey) Colvin of Highlands Ranch, CO, and Mark Chapman of Charlotte, NC; his four great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Vivian Duffy; his brother-in-law, Ed Polk; and his nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Janet; his brother, Joseph; and his sister, Janice.
Family and friends may call at the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home & Crematory, Dover, on Friday, November 9, 6 – 8 p.m., and on Saturday, November 10, 12 – 1 p.m. A service celebrating Bob’s life will be held in the funeral home on Saturday, at 1 p.m.; Pastor David St. Aubin will officiate. Burial will be in Dover Burial Park. Those unable to attend are encouraged to share memories and condolences with the Chapman family by visiting the Toland-Herzig website, www.tolandherzig.com.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions in Bob’s memory be made to the Tuscarawas County YMCA, 600 Monroe St., Dover First United Methodist Church, 1725 N. Wooster Ave., both addresses at Dover, OH 44622, or, Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave. SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.