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MASON CITY ? Kermit Gene ?Kermy? Chapin, 64 of Mason City died Friday, February 25, 2005 at Mercy Medical Center ? North Iowa. Funeral services for Kermit will be held at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, March 2, 2005 at the First Christian Church, 318 North Adams Avenue with Pastor Mark Young of the Clear Lake Christian Church officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 ? 7 PM on Tuesday at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 North Pennsylvania Avenue. Memorials may be directed to the Kermit Chapin Memorial Fund. A flag ceremony will be conducted at the church by the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 212. Kermit was born December 18, 1940 the son of Kenneth and Pauline (Scarrow) Chapin in Mason City. He attended school in Plymouth. Kermit worked as a truck driver for Land O?Lakes for approximately 33 years. He retired on December 13, 2002. Kermit was united in marriage to Sharon Whitehurst in 1961, and they were later divorced. He was later united in marriage to Susan Clemons on March 28, 1981 in Mason City. Kermit enjoyed being active in the lives of children. He was extremely active in the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, serving as Cub Scout Master and Den Leader for 8 years of Pack 5. Kermit was also a Boy Scout Troop 212 Leader for 4 years. He was a member of the First Christian Church and was very active in church activities and fellowship. Kermit could not say no, he would walk into a room and brighten it with his chuckle and a smile. He enjoyed music, dancing, bowling, camping, farming, scouting and working on cars. Kermit loved to tinker with anything that had an engine in his garage. He will always be remembered for the annual cleaning of the garage which was no small task. Kermit enjoyed farming, after retirement he worked as a hired hand doing various things on the farm, but if you asked him it was not ?just a job? he enjoyed every minute of it. He spent many hours on tractors and loved to work on them and ride them. Kermit also liked to mow lawns, with the lawn tractor of course. He was a real people person, he especially enjoyed children and his grandchildren, it brought him great joy to help out at the Charlie Brown Day Care Center, and often Kermit would baby-sit for his great nieces and nephews. He captured the essence of a true family man; he truly loved all of his family. Kermit is survived by his wife Susan; father, Kenneth of Northwood; children, Bruce Chapin and wife Karen of Ventura, Scott, Brant, Joseph, Brandon and Scottie Chapin all of Mason City; Grandchildren, Eric Chapin of Mason City, Alicia Chapin of Albert Lea, Minnesota, Stephanie Chapin of Ventura, Tyler Chapin, stationed in California, Brock, Brittany and Brady Chapin all of Greene; four great grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Lynn Chapin and wife Betty of Northwood, Charlotte O?Donnell and husband Jim of Elma, Gary Chapin and wife Mary Ann of Kimball, Nebraska, Iola Tesch and husband Daryl of Mason City, Dixie Lane of Manly, James Chapin and wife Sandie of Hanlontown, Sandra Hitchcock of Federal Way, Washington, Nancy Cutler and husband Dan of Mason City, Connie Lamfers and husband Vern of Garner, Debbie Kleveland and husband Leroy of Joice, Julie Austin and husband Jay of Mason City, Penny Lappe and husband Duane of Leland, David Chapin and wife Lori of Forest City and Daryl Chapin and wife Jeannette of Titonka; many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends; one special pet dog, Mr. Kobe, and former wife, Sharon Marsh of Clear Lake. Kermit was preceded in death by his mother, Pauline, one brother, Glenn Chapin and a sister, Betty Monroe and her husband Wayne and their daughter Tammy; brother-in-laws, Lewis Lane and Keith Hitchcock.
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Major Erickson Funeral Home on March 1, 2005 (map/driving directions) 7:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Major Erickson Funeral Home on February 26, 2005 (map/driving directions)
7:00 PM at First Christian Church on March 2, 2005 (map/driving directions)
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