David Lee Chapel, age 62, passed away peacefully at home on February 12, 2021. Dave was born to Lonny and Jo (Bushnell) Chapel on January 22, 1959; he being the third of five children. Dave grew up in Troy spending much of his life enjoying fishing, hunting and the mountains. He graduated from Troy High School in 1978. While in high school Dave excelled in band, track, basketball and football. He was especially proud of the position he held as placekicker for the Trojans. He was voted wittiest in his class which was an endearing trait that followed him throughout his life.
Dave's union with Mary Jo Becker brought two beautiful children Matthew and Melanie along with bonus children Gary and Melissa who he always loved as his own. Dave spent many years working beside his dad Lonny and brother Larry at the family cedar mill. He was a volunteer firefighter in Troy for many years as well. Dave never knew a stranger and warmed the hearts of those he met with his quick wit, his genuine care for others and his awesome bear hugs. Dave is preceded in death by his parents, Lonny and Jo Chapel, sister-in-law Billie Chapel, brothers-in-law Rodger Swanson and Don Pease, niece Shannon Chapel and best friend of 30 years Lloyd Springer.
Dave is survived by his children Matthew (Teresa) Chapel, Melanie (Shaun) Mazur, Gary Becker and Melissa Veltri; his greatest treasures his grandchildren, TJ, Zack, Shianne, Nathan, Grayson, Landon, Madison, Liam and 3 great grandsons; his siblings, Larry (Terry) Chapel, Cathy (Dan) Briggs, Loni Swanson and Lola (Jeff) Penniman; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and his loyal companion and beloved furry friend Gump lad. Rest easy, you will be missed by all.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 20, 2021 at Troy Community Baptist Church in Troy. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.
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