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Larry Milton Chapin, age 75, passed peacefully at home with his wife, son and daughter by his side, on November 1, 2018 following a brave battle with lung cancer. Larry grew up in Staples, MN and over his lifetime has resided in Minneapolis, Rush City and Backus, MN.
Larry is survived by his wife of nearly 51 years, Sherry; son, Anthony Chapin and partner, Sarah Chapman of Minneapolis; daughter, Michelle Chapin and her partner, Lindsey of Minneapolis; sisters: Dolores Johnson of Staples, Eloise (Marvin) Ryan of Pine River, Gloria Freeman of Brooklyn Park, Carol Heldman of Staples; many nieces and nephews.
Larry was preceded in death by his mother, Josephine (Winter) Chapin; father, Milton Chapin; brothers, Burl Chapin and Dale Chapin; sister, Phyllis Peterson; and nephew, Wayne Johnson.
Larry was born on February 15, 1943 to Milton and Josephine Chapin in Wadena, MN. He graduated from Staples High School in 1962. Following high school Larry worked in Minneapolis for a short time. On Sept. 30, 1963 he entered the Marine Corps. He was stationed at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina and served one year in Cuba. He worked as an auto mechanic in the Marine Corps and was honorably discharged on Oct. 27, 1966.
In 1967 Larry met the love of his life, Sherry, in Minneapolis. They were married on November 4, 1967 in Staples, MN. Larry was a devoted and caring husband, loving and encouraging father to his son and daughter and honest and fair with everyone. Larry worked as a Tool & Die Maker and Manufacturing Manager. He was a gifted artist and in retirement pursued his hobbies including woodcarving, chainsaw carving, oil painting and building cigar box guitars. He brought his artistry into the design of the beautiful home he and his wife, Sherry, built on Lake Ada.
In honoring Larry’s request, a Celebration of Life Open House will be held on Saturday, November 17 from 2–4 pm at Bites Restaurant, 2793 State 371 SW, Pine River, MN. If you have a special memory of Larry or photo to share, please bring it to leave with the family.
The family would like to thank the Minneapolis VA Oncology Dept. in Minneapolis for their efforts and the Good Samaritan Society Hospice in Nisswa for their kindness and caring. Thank you also to the many friends and family who helped the family in so many ways during Larry’s yearlong battle with cancer. Finally, as Larry would say, “I’m just resting my eyes”.
Arrangements with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.
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