ATWOOD – Emerson M. Chapman, 89, of Atwood passed away at 4:04 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 1, 2012) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 66 East U.S. Highway 36, Atwood, with Dr. Lanny Faulkner officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m., with Masonic services at 7:30 p.m. today (Monday, Dec. 3) at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Mackville Cemetery, Atwood, with military graveside rites accorded.
Emerson was born Oct. 1, 1923, in Douglas County, the son of Claud E. and Mildred V. Meeker Chapman. He married Maxine Bishop on July 23, 1942, in Fredericktown, Mo. She survives.
Other survivors include his children, Craig E. Chapman and wife, Cheryl, of Atwood, Jody McKelvy and husband, Mike, of Mount Vernon, and Tony Chapman and wife, Alana, of Bolingbrook; grandchildren, Kim Meeks, David Chapman, Erica Casteel, Andy McKelvy, Jordan McKelvy, Peyton Chapman, Jenna Chapman and Kourtney Chapman; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Cary Chapman; and sister, Carmelita Bryson.
Memorials are suggested to the Lake Fork United Church of Christ or Atwood-Hammond Christmas Needy Fund.
Emerson worked as a tool and die maker at the Curtis-Wright Airplane factory in St. Louis, Mo., at the start of World War II. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 for two and a half years, where he served as 3rd Class Petty officer.
After the war, he farmed and owned the Minneapolis-Moline farm implement dealership in Atwood from 1949 to 1961.
Emerson was the Atwood postmaster from 1961 through 1990. He retired from farming in 1995.
He was a life member of the Atwood Masonic Lodge No. 651, AF & AM, Ansar Shrine, James Reeder American Legion Post No. 770 and the Lake Fork United Church of Christ.
He served on the Atwood Village Board and was past president of the Atwood Chamber of Commerce.
Emerson was an avid Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and Fighting Illini fan.
Online condolences to the family may be sent via hilligossshraderfh.com.