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Gary Jo S. Chappelear

August 21, 1944 November 22, 2015
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Gary Jo S. Chappelear, 71, of Luck, WI died suddenly on November 22, 2015 at his beloved cabin in the Barrens - after spending the day deer hunting with his family.
Gary was born August 21, 1944 to Virgil and Lulu Chappelear in Frederic, WI. He attended grade school at Pleasant Valley and graduated in 1963 from Unity High School. He was baptized and confirmed at North Valley Church in the Lutheran Faith. He served in the Army from 1965 to 1967 and was a member of the 101st Air Borne Division.
In May of 1970, he married Shirley (Larson) and to this union 2 children were born: a son, Corey and daughter, Stacy.
He was a carpenter and general contractor for many years in White Bear Lake, MN before starting Chappelear Construction in 1980. He also worked for The Good Samaritan Society in St. Croix Falls.
When not involved in grandchildrens activities (which was rare as he did so much for his grandkids), he was a Boy Scout Leader, served on the church council, was one of the original members of the Cushing Sportsman Club and currently a member of the Polk County Sportsmens Club. Gary loved hunting, fishing, camping, or most anything in the great outdoors. He was also an avid Green Bay Packer fan.
He is survived by his best friend and wife of 45 years, Shirley of Luck; son, Corey of Luck; daughter, Stacy (Stephen) Cox of Centuria; grandchildren, Brooke and Tyler Chappelear and Kaleb and Kyra Cox; brother, Randy of Farmington, MN; mother-in-law, Lorraine Larson of Luck; sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Lee Doolittle of Cushing; plus several nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Lulu and brother, Ricky.
He died doing what he loved so much: being at the cabin with family and deer hunting.
His family finds comfort in knowing he had a strong faith in God and he is now home with his Heavenly Father. He was a wonderful, loving, and caring husband, father, brother, papa, uncle, cousin, and friend. His family always came first. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at First Lutheran Church in Cushing, WI on Saturday, November 28th visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. followed by the service at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Marilyn Crossfield will be officiating. Full Military Honors will be presented at the church following the service. His family requests that you attend the funeral in hunting clothes from deer camp.
You are invited to sign an online guestbook at or . Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, 715-472-2444 and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, 715-825-5550.
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