Frederick Leroy Chapman

July 22, 1937 - September 25, 2021

Frederick Leroy Chapman, 84, passed away on Saturday, September 25, 2021. He was born on July 22, 1937, in Columbus, Ohio to Marden and Ida Chapman. Fred graduated from Worthington High School and attended Ohio State University and Southern Methodist University earning Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering. He was employed at Texas Instruments for 32 years before retiring in 2000 to spend more time in his shop working on his passions, woodworking and carving.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents and brother. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Gail Chapman of Melissa, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Roy and Pam Chapman of Adairsville, Georgia; daughter, Lisa Decker of McKinney Texas; two grandsons, Cole and Alec; and great grandchildren, Hunter and Dax.

Fred was a problem solver. He never hesitated to find solutions for those struggling with an issue. Fred was an avid reader and enjoyed working crossword and Sudoku puzzles daily.

He possessed the ability to fix virtually anything that came his way. If Fred didn’t have the right tool to fix something, then he made one! Fred crafted numerous and now cherished pieces of furniture, cabinets and other requested items for dear friends and family. He made wooden toys for less fortunate children at Christmastime. Over the last 15 years, Fred perfected his hand carving skills and shared that skill by freely giving his beautiful creations to others.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 5, 2021 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 1210 W. Beltline Road, Richardson, Texas.



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So sorry to hear about Fred‘s passing. I wish I could’ve seen him before this happened. He was a good man and a good friend. Jim Carmichael , January 10, 2022 I was sad to hear of Fred’s passing. It was a pleasure to have worked with him. Fred always had a smile and was always most courteous. Barbara Hunter, November 8, 2021 We extend our deepest sympathy to the family. We met Fred and Gail many years ago at our Condominium in Corpus Christi Texas and spent many happy days with them and our families. We all sat on board together and there we both came believe that Fred Chapman was the smartest man we ever have known. Will always cherish the memories. Jacque and Dale Moberly, November 4, 2021 I was fortunate to be able to work with and consult Fred on numerous occasions while we worked on several Space and Defense Systems development programs at Texas Instruments back in the 1970’s. He and I shared an office for a couple of years and attended classes together while working on our masters in Electrical Engineering at SMU. I found him to be an exceptional engineer and he was a great mentor to me as well as numerous others in the department. My wife and I were fortunate enough to get to spend several hours with him just a few months ago when he visited us in Austin on his way back from Fredericksburg where he was attending a motorcycle rally with his son that clearly meant a lot to him. He had recently gotten into hand carving and he gave us one of the wooden crosses that he had made that we have hanging just inside our front door. If you’re lucky, as you go through life you encounter some people that dramatically affect your quality of life in profound and life long ways. Fred certainly did that for me and I am blessed to have known him.
John and Jane McGehee, November 4, 2021
My wife and I will attend the memorial service Friday, November 5, 2021 at 11am.
Joffrey majors, November 4, 2021 Fred Chapman was a dear friend for over twenty years. A brilliant engineer, giving person, who never failed to inspire and help anyone who needed help. He had a very unique personality and sense of humor and I was blessed to have him in my life. Donna Croy, October 26, 2021 Unfortunately another friend and great person has left this earth. I worked with Fred in Space Systems at TI in the 1970’s. He was a brilliant engineer and a great person from whom I learned a lot and enjoyed working with. My thoughts are with the family although I will be unable to attend the memorial service. Leland Langston , October 26, 2021 Sorry to learn LELAND Langston , October 26, 2021 As a new engineer, I worked with Fred at TI during the 1970's. Fred was so helpful to me, as well as many others. He was so unselfish, freely giving of his time to anyone in need. A great engineer and human being. Joe Fuller, October 21, 2021