Kenneth "Ken" Chapman, age 77, of Creighton, Nebraska passed away at Avera Creighton Hospital on October 24, 2016, following a battle with throat cancer.
Ken desired to be cremated and the family will have a memorial service in Omaha at a later date.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton is in charge of arrangements.
Ken was born June 23, 1939, at New York, New York. He grew up at St. James Orphanage in Omaha and was a graduate of Tech High School. Ken served in the United States Army from age 17 to 24, and was Green Beret. After his honorable discharge, he did construction and carpentry work in Omaha. Ken married Frances Johnson and they enjoyed 54 years of marriage, living in Omaha. They had a daughter, Theresa, and a son, Kenny.
After Ken and Fran retired, they bought twenty acres of “pure heaven” just south of Breslau, Nebraska where they eventually began a sanctuary for lost, old, and unwanted animals. It started with a little goat, then ranged from chickens, ducks, and geese to a Shetland pony, horses, donkeys, a team of old mules, and lamas. They even raised an abandoned fawn to be an adult buck deer, along with baby raccoons, squirrels, cats, and dogs. Of course every animal had a fitting name and was treated like family. The Chapmans moved to Creighton a year ago for health reasons and to be closer to friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents and his son, Kenny Chapman.
Survivors include his wife, Frances of Creighton; daughter, Theresa Chambers and grandchildren, Justin (Crissy) Chambers and Seay Chambers and great-grandchildren, Eva and Payton Chambers all of Omaha; sister-in-law, Joyce (“Skeeter”) Bates; brother-in-law, Fred Johnson and his wife; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.