Ray Chapman “Junior”, age 96, of Waterford, passed away Friday, January 26, 2024, at home surrounded by his loving family after a short illness. Ray was born April 9, 1927, in his parents’ home in Waterford Township. He was one of 14 children born into the large, loving family of Ray W. and Ruth (Barton) Chapman.

He married Dorothy (Mortenson) Chapman on June 7, 1947. Ray and Dorothy operated a dairy farm of registered Holstein cattle in Greene Township. She preceded him in death on November 14, 2002. A lifelong farmer, Ray served on many local farm committees.

Along with his brothers, Ray made fond memories bowling for many years for “The Brothers Bowling Tournament”, and for the local bowling league in Waterford.

In addition to his parents and his wife Dorothy, Ray was preceded in death by his daughter Pat Francisco; daughter-in-law Sharon Chapman; his 2nd wife Madelyn (Smith) Janosik; and 9 siblings – Julia Carniewski, Florence Kennerknecht, Russell Chapman, Marjorie Lenart, Alice Polohonki, Harry “Butch” Chapman, Mary Ann Baker, John Chapman, and Warren Chapman.

Survivors include his children – Ron Chapman, Marlene (Bob) Quigley, Jeana (Jay) Proctor, and son-in-law Andy Francisco; grandchildren – Jennifer (Dave) Coolidge, Dr. Brian (Stacie) Chapman, Rhonda (Ryan) Bem, Kimberly Quigley, Robert (Jessica) Quigley, Patrick (Amanda) Quigley, Drew (Andrea) Francisco, Brad (Erin) Francisco, Jill (Brad) Holcomb, Michele (Adam) Raney, Janelle (Joe) Goszkiewicz, Mike (Char) Proctor, and Jeff (Vicki) Proctor; 26 great-grandchildren; siblings – Myrtle Skiba, Lois (Harvey) Smith, Dale Chapman, Kazzy Fox, sister-in-law Donna Chapman; and many nieces and nephews.

The family warmly thanks Corrie, Tammy, Stacie, Jessica, Mary, and Interim Hospice Nurse Kat.

Family and friends may call at Van Matre Funeral in Waterford on Sunday, January 28, from 2-7 pm. The funeral service, officiated by Pastor Mike Priestap of McLane Church, will be at the funeral home on Monday at 10 am. Committal service and burial will follow at Waterford Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Good Days, a non-profit organization providing resources for those suffering with macular degeneration and other conditions. Donate at mygooddays.org.