David L. Chapman, 78, of Vandalia

David L. Chapman, 78, of Vandalia, passed away Friday, March 5, 2021, at SSM Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Monday March 8, 2021 at Miller Funeral Home, Vandalia, with Brian Lange and Jerry McDowell officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery, rural Vandalia, with Military Rites by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post #95, Vandalia, and Brownstown VFW Post #9770. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., Monday, March 8, one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to American Legion Post #95 and/or Union Cemetery. Miller Funeral Home, Vandalia, is in charge of arrangements. Online memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.millerfh.net.

He was born November 13, 1942 in Mt. Erie, the son of Fred Hayward and Eva Margaret (Allison) Chapman. David married Connie June McDowell on June 8, 1969 in Vandalia. He retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections in 1994 after 28 years of service. After his retirement, he worked at Vandalia Rural King. David was a U.S. Army Veteran and member of American Legion Post #95, Vandalia. He was avid St Louis Cardinals fan, enjoyed picking blackberries and hickory nuts, listening to Bluegrass music and spending time with his family. His grandchildren gave him so much joy and he cherished the time he spent with them.

He is survived by his wife, Connie Chapman, Vandalia; daughters – Michelle Schaal and Luke, Vandalia, and Julie Lange and Brian, Mattoon; son, Tim Chapman, Vandalia; sister, Avalea Wissel, Albion; and grandchildren, Zach, Jacob, Gage and Aiden.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and three sisters.