Donnie M. Chappell, 48

Donnie M. Chappell, 48, of Ellwood City died unexpectedly on Sunday, March 23, 2014.

Born November 5, 1965 in Ellwood City,he was the son of the late Howard D. Chappell who passed away April 23, 2006 and Lois Wehr Chappell of Plant City, Florida.

Donnie was employed as a truck driver for Dana Transport in New Philadelphia, Ohio. He enjoyed hunting and the outdoors. He was also interested in history.

In addition to his mother, Lois, survivors include a sister, Karen (Tom) Goebel of Chewton; four brothers, Doug (Lois Dale) Chappell of New Castle, Harold (Vivian) Chappell of Salem, Ohio, Richard Chappell of Plant City, Florida, Ron (Dixie) Chappell of Wampum.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday March 26 from 2-4 and 6 until the time of the funeral service at 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Pastor Gene Hydrick of the Chewton Christian Church will officiate. Interment will follow in the Slippery Rock Church Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

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4 thoughts on “Donnie M. Chappell, 48

  1. My thoughts and prays for DON and his family;
    He was always around and a bought high school years …
    He enhanced any environment, for just being in it;
    lisa (D’Amico) cook

  2. To my cousin Donnie,
    The miles between our families homes gave us only a few times during our family reunions or visits to Grandmas and Grandpas to see one another as young children. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for opening my eyes to your world, as you saw it, in Wampum that summer day. I’ve often remembered that day we spent exploring your neighborhood. I was 8 or 9 and you just a year younger. With little Jodi in tow, we went for ice cream and then you showed us the railroad tracks where you talked about your love of trains and wanting to be a train conductor when you grew up. We waited for the train to go by and got to waive to the conductor too. You walked us past the home of a family that had raccoons as pets. I was so intrigued by those raccoons as too loved nature and wildlife. Today, as I volunteer with a wildlife rescue group rehabilitating injured and orphaned squirrels of all types, I have thought of that day you shared your world with me. When I built my own squirrel release cage on my property 5 years ago, I thought of that day we spent together. I finally had a cage of my own to watch them grow and then release them back into my part of the world, here in the mountains of California. Even though our times spent together were few, I will never forget you or that special day. May you find much peace and serenity on the other side with the rest of our family of angels whom I sure were so happy to have you back with them. I know you too will be watching over us until it is our time to join you once again. Until then I’ll be loving you from this side.
    With love and gratitude for your presence in my life’s journey.
    Your Cousin Wendy

  3. I am so very sorry to hear about Donnie.
    I have such fond memories of “all of us” growing up together in
    the great town of Wampum. I remember Donnie as a little boy.
    Some how it does not seem possible that the years have gone by
    so quickly. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Deepest Sympathy to Karen & Tom all concerned on your loss.
    Sending prayers for comfort and strength in this time of deep sorrow.

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