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David Lee Chapel, 62

| February 19, 2021 7:00 AM

David Lee Chapel, 62, passed away peacefully at home Feb. 12, 2021. Dave was born to Lonny and Jo (Bushnell) Chapel on Jan. 22, 1959. He was the third of five children.

Dave grew up in Troy, spending much of his life enjoying fishing, hunting and the mountains. He graduated from Troy High School in 1978. While in high school Dave excelled in band, track, basketball and football. He was especially proud of the position he held as placekicker for the Trojans. He was voted wittiest in his class, which was an endearing trait that he kept throughout his life.

Dave's union with Mary Jo Becker brought two beautiful children — Mathew and Melanie — along with bonus children, Gary and Melissa, whom he always loved as his own.

Dave spent many years working beside his dad, Lonny, and brother, Larry, at the family cedar mill. He was a longtime volunteer firefighter in Troy as well. Dave never knew a stranger and warmed the hearts of those he met with his quick wit, genuine care for others and his awesome bear hugs.

Dave is preceded in death by his parents, Lonny and Jo Chapel; sister-in-law, Billie Chapel; brothers-in-law, Rodger Swanson and Don Pease; niece, Shannon Chapel; and best friend of 30 years, Lloyd Springer.

Dave is survived by his children, Mathew (Teresa) Chapel, Melanie (Shaun) Mazur, Gary Becker and Melissa Veltri; his greatest treasures, his grandchildren, TJ, Zack, Shianne, Nathan, Grayson, Landon, Madison and Liam, and three great-grandsons; his siblings, Larry (Terry) Chapel, Cathy (Dan) Briggs, Loni Swanson and Lola (Jeff) Penniman; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and his loyal companion and beloved furry friend, Gump lad.

Rest easy — you will be missed by all.

Services will be held at 11 a.m., Feb. 20, 2021, at Troy Community Baptist Church in Troy.

Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at