John Lee Chapel was born to Sidney and Peggy Chapel, now deceased, on June 4, 1943 in El Dorado, Arkansas. He left this world at 3:05 pm on Monday June 11, 2012.
He is survived by his older brother Retired Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Charles Chapel and his baby sister, Sally Hensley. Charles is married to Diane and they have three children, Jennifer and husband Burt Richard and son Hunter, Andrea Erwin and sons Jackson and Nicholas, and Jesse and wife Julie Chapel.
He is also survived by his brother and sister in law LaVerna and Morris Nelson and their son, Retired Master Sergeant Richard Elder and his wife Tammy and their sons Joshua and preceded in death by Caleb, who went to be with the Lord on September 12, 2001.
His was The American Dream. He began his career in the bread business loading trucks. He retired from the business as a bakery President.
He was married to the former Marilyn K. Bower and has two sons, John Jr. and Chris. He also has two of the best daughter in laws, Rhonna and Wendy, that he considered his daughters, and four beautiful grandchildren - Natalie, Hayden, Campbell, and is preceded in death by Ana, who went to be with the Lord on May 7, 2005.