November 18, 1924 ~ December 18, 2014
Thomas R. Chapman, 90, Fargo passed away Thursday, December 18, 2014 at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Fargo.
Thomas was born November 18, 1924 in Eureka, MT to William and Mabel (Rayson) Chapman. He graduated from Devils Lake High School in 1943 and earned a degree in Business Administration from UND in 1950.
Thomas married Marcella “Sally” Fleck on June 14, 1947 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Devils Lake, ND. He enlisted in the US Army and was stationed in Bavaria, Southeast of Germany and completed his basic training at Camp Howze, TX in June of 1943. He earned the rank of Corporal. He started working for Sentry Insurance in Fergus Falls, MN in sales. He worked there until 1960 and then began working for Employers Mutual Insurance Companies of Des Moines, IA but stayed in Fergus Falls, MN in sales management. In 1974 he moved to Bismarck but stayed with same company. In 1978 he moved to Fargo, and began working for Fireman’s Found Insurance Companies of San Francisco stationed in Fargo retiring in 1990.
He was recognized by the Professional Insurance Agents of North Dakota in 1979 as “Marketing Person of the Year” for his outstanding and dedicated service to the Property and Casualty Insurance industry. In 1988, he was recognized by the Independent Insurance Agents of North Dakota with the Gale Gooden Memorial Award for “Outstanding Company Person of the Year” in the Property and Casualty Insurance industry of North Dakota.
Thomas loved to read and tried golf, but the longer he tried it, the worse he got. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Elks, Eagles, VFW, American Legion, DAV, Knights of Columbus and the JC’s.
He is survived by his wife, Sally Chapman, Fargo, ND; children; Cathleen C. Ehlert, South St. Paul, MN, Mary F. Windmiller, Shawano, WI, Thomas Robert(Barbara) Chapman, Crookston, MN, sister, June (Duane) Tweeton , Devils Lake, ND, grandchildren; Paula Ehlert, Michael (Misty) Ehlert, Brandie (Rudolph) James, Kristina (Christopher) Silva, Jesse Windmiller, Brian (Amanda) Chapman, Emily Chapman and great-grandchildren; Thomas Chapman, Tyler Randall, Braxton James, Rudie James, Kylie Nickel, Samantha Ehlert.