Henry "Hank" Chapman
Friday 7th of April 1933 - Thursday 21st of May 2020
Henry “Hank” Chapman, 87, passed away in the early morning of Thursday, May 21, 2020. Hank was born April 7, 1933 in Glasgow, Kentucky, to Henry and Alice Chapman. Hank is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Thomas Chapman, and a sister, Betty Rose Chapman. Hank leaves behind a life well lived, and is survived by his beloved wife of over 62 years, Mary Grant Chapman; daughter, Julie Oschwald (Dean) of Lexington; son, Grant Chapman of Lexington; grandsons Joshua Oschwald (Courtney Allen) of Berea, Jeremiah Oschwald (Renee) of Lexington, and Samuel Oschwald (Renae) of Richmond; and great-grandsons Taylor and Landon Oschwald of Richmond/Berea. He was lovingly known as “Chappie” to his grandsons and great-grandsons.
Hank’s family lived in the Glasgow, Kentucky area before moving to St. Louis. He graduated from Webster Grove High School and enlisted in the Air Force in June of 1953. Hank was trained in the art of Judo and quickly moved to the rank of black belt and taught combative measures to the others enlisted. After discharging in December of 1956, he joined his family in Louisville, Kentucky, where they had moved. Hank met Mary Jewell Grant and they were married in June of 1957. He was employed at Reynold’s Aluminum in Louisville. They lived in Louisville until Hank enrolled in the University of Kentucky as an education major. He student taught art at Bryan Station High School in Lexington but began working at the University of Kentucky as an artist. Hank was an incredible artist, with his forte in cartooning and sketching. He always had a small sketch book in his shirt pocket to sketch anything that caught his eye and to journal thoughts and trivia. Hank and Mary had two children, Julie (60) and Grant (57). They moved to Louisville in 1968 to work for the ABC affiliate Channel 32. In 1971, the family moved back to Lexington and Hank went back to work for the University of Kentucky as a graphic artist in the public relations department until he retired.
Besides his wife, children, friends, and family, his great loves were books, the railroad, and the circus. Hank had so many interests including Judo and Japan, English literature, Egypt, American Indian history, art, music, and collecting. Hank was a founding member of the Bluegrass Railroad Museum in Versailles, Kentucky, and a longtime member of the Kentucky Railway Museum. He designed their logo, still displayed on their current website. He loved browsing for hours at Joseph Beth Booksellers. But most of all, he loved being with his friends, some of them life long, almost every morning, for breakfast and coffee. His favorite hangout was White Castle, where he will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Kentucky Railway Museum, P.O. Box 240, New Haven, Kentucky 40051 in memory of Hank Chapman. Arrangements to be determined at a later date.
Mary: So sorry for your loss. I worked with Hank in the PR office for a number of years. He enjoyed showing me his sketches in the little note pad he always carried. What a fantastic artist he was. I remember the lunch we had at your home and how wonderful it was to finally meet you. He was such an interesting person and always had a story to tell me. He will be missed by many.
Iva Dean Boyattsays
Mary, how very blessed you and Hank have been to have shared 62 years together. May all the glorious memories you created give you comfort and God’s grace give you peace for the days ahead. My prayers are with you, my Friend.
Dear Mary, Keeping you in my heart of prayers during this difficult time. Many times I reflect on memories from the past including my honor of knowing both of you; sharing fun times together. I will always be grateful for Hank's loyal friendship with Glenn and how Hank was so willing and helpful assisting me in Glenn's care his last couple years at home. I rarely had to ask Hank. He was one of the very few that reached out to me first. Sharing in your loss....Love and Hugs, Judy
Dear Mary, so sorry to see of Hank’s passing. Loved working with him at UK. Such an interesting person. Harriett
Dear Mary and family, I am so sorry to hear of Hank's passing. You and he were a big source of comfort and friendship to my mother, Jean Mason, who used to live across the road from you. Thank you for all you did for her during her declining years. May God bless your family and comfort you with precious memories.
Mary, so sorry you lost Hank. He was a unique man that I enjoyed being around. I still have some of the spontaneous cartoon drawings he did for me. I treasure them. May God grant you strength and peace in the days ahead. Bill