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James H. Chapin
(04-09-1932 - 12-20-2018)

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James H. Chapin, 86, of Elgin passed away Thursday, December 20, 2018 at Advocate Sherman Hospital, Elgin. He was born April 9, 1932 in Elgin the son of Harry C. and Catherine Butler Chapin.
He was a resident of Elgin for most of his life before moving to Galena in 2003 and returning to Elgin in 2017. He was a graduate of St. Edward High School and then entered the US Air Force serving as a Atomic Veteran for 4 years during the Korean War. He was employed by McGraw Wildlife Foundation and also the State of Illinois as a firefighter for 25 years at the Elgin Mental Health Care Center retiring as an Assistant Chief.

Surviving are his wife, Phyllis Miner Chapin whom he married on December 24, 1960, 4 children, Robin (Jim) Bowers, Jeffrey (Sheli) Chapin, Julie (Mark) Cerasa, and Jill (Nathan) Eads, 8 grandchildren, Lauren (Daniel) Nubel, Kristen Bowers, Kimberley Bowers, Julia Chapin, Jamie Chapin, Brandon (Rachel) Cerasa, Brody Eads and Bridget Eads.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 sisters, Mary Jane Ball, Patricia Schaible, Virginia Heary, Catherine Lange and 2 brothers John and Jerome Chapin.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, December 29 at 1:00 PM Laird Funeral Home, Elgin. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given the American Heart Association or the Diabetes Association. For information call Laird Funeral Home 847-741-8800 or lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com. 

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