Stephen Chapman

October 21, 1936 - July 16, 2021

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Stephen (Steve) Richard Chapman, beloved husband of Barbara (nee Hambly) Chapman for 63 years, loving father of Cynthia Chapman and Cheryl (Charles) Pettigrew, grandfather of Tyler (Jenny) Pettigrew, Malcolm (Kelly) Pettigrew, Barbara (Dan) Gary, Christoffer (Niki) Lehnherr, Abby (MacKenzie) Hardt, and great-grandfather of eight. Steve is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Steve was preceded in death by parents Tom and Elise Chapman, and brother Robert Chapman.

Steve had a life-long love for education. He was a full professor at Montana State University and Clemson University. He went on to become Dean of the College of Agriculture at Clemson University. Steve was also the author of several textbooks. He went back to school in his fifties to become an attorney. He returned to Clemson University where he was a senior contract advisor and practiced patent law. In addition, he had a private law practice.

Steve was also a very active man who pursued many passions including fishing, hunting, and giving of his time to non-profit work such as Habitat for Humanity. Steve never met a stranger. He had many beloved friends, and some of his favorites were of the canine variety.

Steve passed away on July 16, 2021 at the age of 84. A celebration of life service will be held at West Chester Presbyterian Church (8930 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, West Chester, OH 45069) on Saturday, July 31st starting at 11:00am; visitation will begin at 10:30am. For family and friends that are unable to attend, the Celebration of Life service will be lived streamed at the link below.
Steve's Celebration of Life

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to Hospice of Cincinnati or your favorite charity.


Robert Donato - Jul 30, 2021
Barbara: I am so sorry to hear of Stephens Passing. Pam and I send our love, thoughts and prayers. We often talk about the time we got to spend with you both, the love for eachother you so easily shared with others and most importantly helped is feel so welcome and connected to our home. He will be missed and not forgotten and with me each time I wear the Tartan Tie he gave me.
Jim Rathwell - Jul 29, 2021
One of a kind. Friend, educator and lawyer. A man of many callings., above all a good friend that I will miss.
Maureen Somerville - Jul 24, 2021
I’m So sorry my heart breaks for your loss. So many wonderful memories. He was a special man. Love to all prayers for you all. 🙏♥️
Kristine Miller - Jul 24, 2021
I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember when you all would come to Davis I was living with my grandmother at Uncle Bo and Audrey's. He was always such a nice man. I send all my love and thoughts.
Stephanie and Don King - Jul 23, 2021
All our love and prayers for strength and peace. We love you Aunt Barbara. I will be there soon.
Mark Hinrichsen - Jul 20, 2021
It’s been a privilege to have been Steve & Barb’s next door neighbors for the last 3 years. It didn’t take very long to become good friends. What a unique guy Steve was who lived an extraordinary life. He always had the “I’ve never met a stranger – Hey There” anytime you saw him in the yard, the patio or garage! And the stories… oh what stories. Talks about plants, animals, genetics, law, students, traveling, camping, the kids, the grandkids and of course his sweet “Barbie”. Of course, the conversations usually started one way because he didn’t have his hearing aids in. Barb, in her usual loving, calming and caring demeanor she always showed Steve, got him to put in his hearing aids so now the conversations could become bi-directional! No stories would be completed without the wine, bourbon or both. Thank goodness it wasn’t one drink per story otherwise my wife would have had to get me home in a wheelbarrow. Boy did Steve ever love his dog Roamer and Feathers. They never met a stranger just like their daddy. I remember one time last winter Steve got mad because my wife and I were shoveling the snow off their driveway and he wanted to shovel snow as well. His lungs were shot and there was no way I was letting him shovel. My dad passed away doing just that years ago and I was having none of that. As Steve got more irritated I just told him “Steve, you’re just going to have to be mad at me because you ain’t getting this shovel”. My wife, more compassionate that I am, gave him her shovel as we were about done so he could complete his mission. When he made up his mind he was going to do something there was no stopping him! For as long as he’s been our neighbor he’s been working on his latest book. Sometimes he’d get the document messed up and he’d come over for me to fix it. This was just another opportunity to hear more stories and there might have been more wine or bourbon involved but I ain’t telling. We’ll miss Steve, his stories and the uniqueness of the man. God has another good angel at his side. Bye buddy.
Verne & Nancy House - Jul 19, 2021
Dear Barb and family, I offer tribute to Steve. My lawyer, my colleague, my dependable partner. One who made trips to meetings downstate tolerable. Some of us are good at one or two endeavors; few excell in so many fields: agronomy, law, genetics, environmental policy, and patent attorney. What diversity, and all done to make us wiser. I mourn the passing of a person I admired. Nancy and I offer our condolences.