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Kelly Arron

Wesley Chapman

May 08, 1939 - August 17, 2021

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OBITUARY
Wesley Chapman passed away peacefully at home on August 17, 2021 at the age of 82 from complications of PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy). He was an Ashland resident for 51 years and a beloved professor in the art department at Southern Oregon University for 32 years.   On May 8, 1939 Wes was born on his family’s ranch near Ekalaka, Montana. He was the youngest of nine children born to ranchers Harry and Dora Chapman who had...  see more
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  • Pete Livers
    I really enjoyed having Wes as my photography teacher and art advisor at SOSC. He always had such a positive and enthusiastic outlook that really shined in the classroom and on campus.
  • Kara Jordan
    ON EARLY WILDERNESS TRIPS with Dad, we packed in a small raft for trolling the middle of the lake. One year at Badger Lake, he also tried his luck at this spot along the shore and ended up hooking at least an 18 inches trout, by far the largest we had...  more
  • Kara Jordan
    SKY LAKES WILDERNESS four day trip with a special mission, spreading Dad’s cremated ashes at Grass, Blue, and Badger Lakes where we camped and fished on early backpack trips.
    • Kara Jordan
      Kara Jordan Photo left: Grass Lake
      Photo top right: Badger Lake
      Photo bottom right: Blue Lake
      • September 10, 2021
  • Geri Mathewson
    These memories & photographs are such a wonderful tribute to Wes. I did not see Wes all that often but always considered him as a friend. He taught me color photography at his SOU darkroom in the early 80’s & we remained friends for years after. We...  more
  • Shirley Hamilton
    Mr. Chapman was my art teacher at Eagle Point High School in 1965-1966. He was incredibly talented as an artist himself and taught me Art History as well as art classes. I developed a great interest and continiued my education by travel as well as...  more
  • Steven Modee
    He was a well-loved coach when he helped coach track at Eagle Point High School. Here's one of his teams. Wes Chapman is on the far right. I'm the guy to the far left, bottom.
  • Steven Modee
    • Steven Modee
      Steven Modee I think this is a group shot of the athletes who placed at the District Meet in 1967, I believe.
      • September 4, 2021
    • Steven Modee
      Kelly Arron Thank you for sharing that photo Steven. He loved his track teams
      • September 4, 2021
  • Neil Kunze
    Remembering many fun times together with Wes and Karen, including this picture from when we were together in Guanajuato in 2004.
  • Jenny  Tong
    The trip Wes and Karen took to China in 1981 started a 30-year long friendship between two families and across two generations. In the first picture my dad was passionately explaining something to Karen while Wes was taking the photo. Wes was great at...  more
  • Terra Jakobsen
  • Kelly Arron
    Wes and baby Kelly. What a sweet and incredible dad.
  • Barbara & Ned Davis
    My Uncle Wes...what can I say. He was only 8 years older than me. I have memories of his and my youth on the ranch in Ekalaka. I remember watching him make those wooden guns. He and his "White Ghost Gang" racing around the pasture wearing...  more
  • Jodi Strong
  • Bret & Kate Davis
  • CJ Waltersp9
    Thanks for sharing Uncle Wes with me! I enjoyed our last few conversations so much and am sorry for your loss. Hugs and Love.
  • Mary Bruno
  • Kelly Arron
  • Kara Jordan
    1986 family Asia trip
    The Chapmans with our guide at a Buddhist sculpture site near Dazu, China.
  • Kara Jordan
    1986 family Asia trip
    Mandalay, Burma (now the country of Myanmar).
  • Kara Jordan
    1978 summer family USA cross-country road trip
    Good fun on relatives ATVs outside of Miles City, Montana.
  • arrondl
    The requisite weenie roast for fun times in Red Lodge!
  • Kelly Arron
    Wes with brother Norman (Hup) at Chapman family reunion
  • Kelly Arron
    Wedding day for Wes and Karen - May 28, 1961
  • Kara Jordan
  • Kara Jordan
    After dinner at Roosevelt Lodge in Yellowstone National Park in 2012, Dad and I drove into the Lamar Valley for some evening wildlife watching. Through a spotting scope, we saw the thrilling sight of a large grizzly on a bison carcass as wolves attempted...  more
  • Kara Jordan
    As the Beartooth Highway gain in elevation towards the high point, there is a wayside that offers a spectacular view of Rock Creek Valley where Red Lodge is located. On a trip in 2012, Dad and I continued over the pass, had lunch in Cooke City, and then...  more
  • Kara Jordan
    My parents spent part of the year at the Red Lodge, Montana house, until 2019 when the property was sold. Dad often enjoyed the view of the mountains while alongside the fire pit or from the porch.
  • Kelly Arron
  • Kelly Arron
    Best Grandpa ever!
  • Kelly Arron
  • Karen Chapman
  • Kelly Arron