John K. Chapman
John K. Chapman, 96, a longtime Broadalbin resident, passed away Wednesday morning September 23, 2020, at Wilkinson RHCF, Amsterdam.
He was born in Gloversville on March 14, 1924, a son of Dr. Byron and Jeannette Fenton Chapman and was a graduate of Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania. Later, John attended Williams College in Williamstown, MA and completed his undergraduate degree at Union College in Schenectady, NY.
As a Navy veteran of World War II, he served in the European Theatre and participated in the Normandy Invasion. His ship was sunk on the second trip to Normandy Beach on June 9, 1944. After returning stateside, John served again in the Pacific Theatre as a Medical Corpsman with the Second Marine Division in the invasion of Okinawa.
Mr. Chapman co-owned and -operated the former Crane-Nevins Electrical Supply, Inc. in Amsterdam, along with his late brother, Byron, retiring in 1988.
John was a 70-year member of the Kennyetto Lodge of the F & A Masons, a member of the American Legion Post #337 and Veterans of Foreign Wars #8690, and a member of the former Broadalbin Rotary Club. He was a member of the NRA, the Ohmar Hunting Club, and the Tennantville Hunting Club. Mr. Chapman served as a board member for the former Bankers Trust Bankers Assoc. and belonged to the former Antlers Country Club.
He was married to Beverlee Foss Cloutier Chapman on December 3, 1966. She died March 9, 2011. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Byron; a sister Mary De Witt; a daughter, Michele Cloutier; and a great-granddaughter, Michele Jane-Marie Cloutier.
Survivors include a daughter, Yvonne (David) Van Genderen of Broadalbin; a son, Patrick (Julie) Cloutier of Granbury, TX; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Private services will be held for the family. Burial with military honors will be held at Broadalbin-Mayfield Rural Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Broadalbin Ecumenical Food Pantry, the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Dept., or the Broadalbin Kennyetto Fire Company, all in care of the funeral home. Arrangements are by the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home, Inc. 111 County Highway 106, Johnstown, NY.