LeRoy R. Chapin


Funeral services for LeRoy Chapin, age 82 of Long Prairie, currently of Osakis passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 13 at the Galeon in Osakis. Services are Friday, July 23 at 11:00 am at the American Lutheran Church in Long Prairie with Rev. Ethan Fearing officiating. Musicians are Ruth Zinter and Dana Hetland. Interment is at the Evergreen Cemetery in Long Prairie, MN with the military honors provided by the Long Prairie Combined Honor Guard and the U S Navy Honor Guard. A gathering time will begin at the church on Friday starting at 10 am.
LeRoy Chapin, age 82 formerly of Long Prairie, currently of Osakis passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 13 near the Galeon in Osakis where he was a resident.
On September 23, 1938 a baby boy was born to Robert and Clara (Steffen) Chapin in Osakis, MN. He grew up in Osakis and attended Osakis High School. He married his sweetheart, Evelyn Platt on September 17, 1955. LeRoy served his country in the US Navy, being honorably discharged in October of 1961. He returned home and took a job as a pressman for a publishing company in Long Prairie called Hart Press. He worked there faithfully for over forty-one years, advancing to become a floor supervisor, seeing the company grow and change to become Banta Corp and finally, R R Donnelley & Sons. LeRoy was able to retire in 1996 and enjoyed the chance to pursue his many hobbies and interests. He and Evelyn were especially excited to be able to travel and spend time during the winter months in south Texas. LeRoy was a member of the American Lutheran Church in Long Prairie and belonged to the Long Prairie American Legion. He loved to get outdoors and spent many hours hunting and fishing. During the wintertime he was active with the Prairie Snow Dogs Snowmobiling Club. He loved to ride and enjoyed giving his grandkids rides. He was a devoted Dad and Grandpa who valued his family and friendships. He believed in hard work and an honest day’s wage and instilled these values in his children.
LeRoy will live on in the hearts of his children, Robert ‘Bob’ (Tammie) Chapin of Osakis, Ron (Lisa) Chapin of Long Prairie, Patty Chapin of Alexandria; 8 grandchildren, Jesse, Jack, Stacey, Aaron, Kelly, Samantha, Christian and Maggie; 10 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Evelyn in 2018, a son, Jack Chapin and a sister, Ramona Hagen.