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Keith Wayne Chapman

On Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Keith Wayne Chapman of Kalamazoo passed away peacefully at home at the age of 61. Keith was born February 22, 1959 and was the son of Gary and Marilyn Younkers, the younger brother to John Chapman, older brother to Gary Yonkers Jr. (Amie) and Kim Yonkers Gygax (Gary). He was a loving father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, brother in law, cousin and friend to many. After the passing of his father in 2012 he was a comfort to his mother Marilyn and would check in with her every night. They would talk about the day’s events and what each other was watching on television. Keith was blessed to have two children, Marine SSgt Joshua Chapman (Laura) and Amanda Chapman Little (Rome). He was proud to be called “Grandpa” by his grandchildren, Paisley, Lahna, Jaylen, Leah, and Brooklyn. He was also a fun-loving uncle to Air Force SSgt Jacob Yonkers, Nick Yonkers, Matt Gygax, and Samantha Gygax. “Chief” as he was known to many was an avid outdoorsman. Until a recent stroke took the ability to hunt away, he loved deer hunting and small game hunting. He loved to fish on any lake that he could find. One of his favorite outdoor activities was morel mushroom hunting and would go up north to Luther with friends and search for the steaks garnish. Keith was an awesome cook. In his early years he worked in restaurants and loved the culinary arts. He loved to cook chili and would often use venison that his brother Gary would supply. Keith loved the Detroit Red Wings (win or lose) and was a true fan. He was also a serious Nascar fan. He would often travel with friends to the Michigan International Speedway. One of Keith’s favorite activities was Dart throwing. He joined a league and he couldn’t wait for the camaraderie and the laughs that were to be had. Keith was lucky to have lifelong friends and numerous friends that he met on the leagues and at one of his favorite stomping grounds “The Sugarbowl” in Kalamazoo. He was always available to volunteer for fundraisers that the Sugarbowl sponsored. His infectious smile and laugh will certainly be missed but not forgotten. Due to the current conditions the family will have a memorial service when it’s safe to do so this summer. We will keep you posted. The family is being assisted by Avink Funeral Home and Cremation Society, 5975 Lovers Ln., Portage, MI 49002. (269)344-5600.

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Miss you keith sugar bowl is not thecsame with out you .you made every one laugh you made sure every one had a good time .you were the life of the party.

Linda Esman Dec 29 2020 10:46 AM

I have know Keith for a long time through my brother Scott doerschler.he was a great guy he always made me laugh, even when I didn't feel like it. When my mom passed away I was feeling so bad but when I seen Keith at sugar bowl he kept telling me how lucky I was to have spent the last days with her.he said she was a great lady and he loved me.he made me feel better.he will be so badly missed. Rest in peace Keith we all love you at the sugarbowl

Stephanie sampley Jun 10 2020 8:49 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Keith Chapman

Candy sleeman May 28 2020 10:16 PM

He was the most coolest guy at the bar me keith talked many times with me later became real good friends he will be missed very much when i found out i lost as many others did. But nowing the man he was he would want us not to cry bit celebrate his life . so how i would love to hear his snorts too rih

John Wright May 28 2020 4:56 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Keith Chapman

Irene Campbell May 28 2020 3:47 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Keith Chapman

June Dorner (Wills) May 28 2020 3:03 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Keith Chapman

rpn ashley May 28 2020 2:44 PM