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Jack Rulon Chappell

August 19, 1920 ~ August 5, 2020 (age 99)


Jack Chappell

Lyman, Utah

Jack Rulon Chappell of Lyman, Utah passed away peacefully at home, August 5, 2020, just 6 days after the passing of his sweetheart Owena. He was 99 years old. Jack was born August 19, 1920 to Lee Ron and Ardeen Chappell and grew up in Lyman. As a young man, he was a great horseman and a crack shot with a gun. He loved his time working as a sheepherder on Parker Mountain and working on the Horse Valley Ranch. He also loved playing baseball and was his team's secret weapon - the best pitcher for miles.

He was drafted into the Army on October 6, 1942 and was trained as a Medical Tech and served in that position throughout WWII. He served time in North Africa taking care of Air Force patients in a 1200 tent convalescent center. He then served in Italy at a hospital near the front lines. After the war he arrived home on September 4, 1945.

He met Owena Johansen of Loa, Utah while working at the Lark Mine. After a short courtship they married on April 1, 1948 in the Manti Temple. They recently celebrated their 72nd anniversary. They made their home initially in Lyman then Jack moved his little family to Orem, Utah and after many years, moved his family back to his beloved Lyman in 1967.

Jack worked as a carpenter, building homes in Utah County. He also attended school to learn the trade of draftsman. He drew dozens of house plans, from which he helped build many homes in the Provo/Orem area. In his latter years he loved working in his wood shop building all kinds of items. His beautiful wooden bowls were given to friends and family and sold to many people.

Jack was a lifelong, faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many positions. He and Owena served a one year temple mission to Atlanta, Georgia. They loved their time there, the many people they met and the lifelong friendships they made.

Jack was a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved his grandkids and they loved him. His penny magic trick delighted them as much as it did him.

Jack is survived by his children: Paul J. Chappell, Charmaine (Ross) Childs, Kirk E. (Jean) Chappell, Clark K. (Kathy) Chappell, and Faun (Skip) Jackson, 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters: Bessie Taylor and Ruth (Calvin) Mills.

Jack is preceded in death by his sweet wife, Owena; his parents; and his brothers: Van, Albert, George, Angus, and Thomas Chappell; and a granddaughter, Holly Chappell.

We want to thank from the bottom of our hearts, the Gunnison Valley Health Care personnel, Teri, Charlene, Connie, Carl, Julie and Josie for the wonderful care of our father and mother.

Graveside services will be held Friday, August 7, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in the Lyman Cemetery with military honors by the Harold Brown American Legion Post #92 and Utah Honor Guard- Live streaming of the services and online guestbook can be found at under Jack’s obituary - Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti

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Graveside Service
August 7, 2020

11:00 AM
Lyman Cemetery
West 2100 South
Lyman, UT 84749

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