Sylvan R. "Murph" Chapman

  • Born: September 27, 1930
  • Died: September 2, 2017
  • Location: Dubuque, Iowa

Behr's Funeral Home

1491 Main Street
(563) 582-3297
Dubuque, IA 52001
Tel. (563) 582-3297

Tribute & Message From The Family

Sylvan R. "Murph" Chapman, age 86, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:28 p.m., on Saturday, September 2, 2017, at Sunnycrest Manor, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Sylvan's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To celebrate Sylvan's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. The Church of the Nativity Altar and Rosary Society will recite the rosary at 10:00 a.m. at the church. Full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League and burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Sylvan was born on September 27, 1930, in Chicago, IL, son of Sylvan and Madeline (Forbes) Chapman.

Sylvan honorably served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Just prior to being called up for duty, Sylvan had met and married the love of his life, Catherine Newton, on September 11, 1951 in Platteville. The Lord graciously blessed them with 64 wonderful years together, and 5 children, before calling Catherine home ahead of Sylvan on August 22, 2015. Sylvan proudly provided for his family by investing over 35 years of his time and talents as an inspector at John Deere Dubuque Works. He also spent countless hours helping out on the farm and was commonly known as the "go-to-man" by those around him. Sylvan was a long-time and loyal member of St. Mary's Church, the John Deere Retirees, and the U.A.W. Local #94. When free time would find its way into Sylvan's day, you could easily discover him working on his 300 bowling game, baiting a hook, walking the timber on his latest hunting trip, warming up in the batters cage, or even strapping on his guitar in preparation to throw down a few of his favorite country licks. But let it be known that Sylvan was about so much more than work, church and play; he was about family! Spending time with his loved ones was where Sylvan's heart truly shined. To know Sylvan was to have the concepts of devotion, hard work, commitment, positive attitude and a relentless love and respect for others on continual display. He would lead by example and his love for you was never in question. Sadly, Sylvan has been called home and there is now a tear in the fabric of our world which can only be healed by faith and time. But, we are forever grateful that his earthly struggles have concluded, that he is listening to the Heavenly Choirs while hand in hand with Catherine once more, and that we will all be together again one day for a most glorious of family reunions. Thank you Sylvan for all of the beautiful memories you leave behind and may God forever bless you and Catherine, as you have blessed our lives.

Those left to cherish Sylvan's memory include

his 5 children,
Diane (William) Henning, Dubuque, IA,
Cheryl (Steve Eigenberger) Canon, Dubuque, IA,
Steve (Leovic) Chapman, Largo, FL,
Debra (David) Schmit, Dubuque, IA,
and Tina (Jeff) Dougherty, Dubuque, IA;

his 8 grandchildren,
Lori (Andy Schwendinger) Henning, Sara Henning, Josh (Reina) Canon, Luke Canon, Anthony Chapman, Ryan (Skye) Kelley, Jake (Annie Paradiso) Schmit and Mitchell Dougherty;

his 4 great-grandchildren,
Gracelyn, Harper, Jackson and Violet Canon;

and his sister-in-law,
Sharon Chapman, Lancaster, WI.

Sylvan was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, William "Bill" Chapman.

Sylvan's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, loving and compassionate care of Sylvan, and his family, over the years.