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Chapman, Russell Wynn

Russell Wynn Chapman, age 63, of Helena, Montana, formerly of Arizona, passed away on March 7, 2018. Russell was born in Morenci, Arizona on August 25, 1954. As a youngster, his family moved to Toquepala, Peru where his father was employed.

Russell attended New Mexico Military Institute for his high school education and graduated in 1972. Russell worked at San Manuel Mine in San Manuel, AZ as a hoist operator and was a Lieutenant and EMT for the San Manuel Fire Department. After the mine closed, he was employed as a Mine Safety and Health Inspector for the U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration in Helena, Montana. Illness forced his retirement in 2015.

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Russell is preceded in death by his father, John Edward Chapman Jr. “Red”. He is survived by his wife, Paula Chapman of Helena, Montana; his mother, Lilly Chapman, brother, Steve (Joan) Chapman, both of Arizona; daughter, Jennifer (Erik) Hix, and grandchildren, David and Lilly Hix, all of Texas; stepson, Sven (Andrea) Offerson, and granddaughter, Annistyn, all of Colorado.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Russell are suggested to Lewis & Clark Humane Society, P.O. Box 4455, Helena, MT 59604, or to St Peter’s Hospital Foundation, 2475 Broadway, Helena, MT 59601. Please visit to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Russell.

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