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Obituaries > CHAPMAN, DONALD L.

Area relatives have received word of the death of Donald Lee Chapman of Pittsburg, Calif., a native of East Alton, and a graduate of Bethalto High School. He was 41.

Mr. Chapman, a son of the late Howard Chapman and Mrs. Margaret Chapman Fairless, was born Oct. 21, 1921, in East Alton. He attended the East Alton Schools, Bethalto High School, and during his school days was a carrier for the Telegraph in Cottage Hills. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines and served with the Carlson Raiders in World War II. He died unexpectedly Dec. 19 [1962]. He was captain in the Pittsburg fire department at time of his death, and was business representative of a fire fighters local at Pittsburgh. He was a member of St. John’s Masonic Lodge, and had been active in DeMolay work.

Surviving are his wife, Beatrice, three children, Michael, Cathleen and Jeffery; his mother, Mrs. Margaret Fairless, Rte. 3, Carlinville. Other relatives in the area include the following half-brothers and half-sisters; J. Robert: Fairless, Cottage Hills, Darrell Fairless, Litchfield; Marcella Webb, East St. Louis; John Fairless Bethalto, and an aunt, Mrs. Beulah Squires and an uncle, Lee Squires, East Alton.