Thomas E. Chapman
Date of Birth
November 21, 1931
Trenton, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
February 5, 2020
Ashland, Nebraska
Mass of Christian Burial Directions

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 ~ 10:30 a.m.
St. Mary Catholic Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska
Military Honors by U.S. Air Force & American Legion #129
Interment at St. James Cemetery ~ Trenton, Nebraska

Visitation & Rosary Directions

Monday, February 10, 2020
Visitation ~ 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Rosary ~ 7:00 p.m.
St. Mary Catholic Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska


In Care of the Family for Future Designation

Thomas Edward Chapman entered into eternal rest on February 5, 2020 in Ashland, Nebraska at the age of 88.  Tom was born on November 21, 1931 in Trenton, NE, the son of Harvey and Florence (Blue) Chapman.

Tom graduated from Trenton High School in Trenton, NE in 1950, where he lettered in his beloved sport of football. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.

On August 1, 1953, he was married to Detta Hawkins in Trenton, NE.

Throughout his Air Force career, Tom was assigned to many bases as he advanced through the enlisted ranks in Strategic Air Command and the Air Force Institute of Technology, serving in England and many military bases in the United States.  Tom proudly served his country for 20 years and when he retired in 1972, had attained the rank of Master Sergeant.

Upon retirement from the Air Force, he was employed by the Omaha Public Power District at the Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Power Station and in 1981 worked for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Washington D.C.  He worked for nuclear energy consulting companies in various cities and years as a Health Physicist before moving to Richland, Washington, employed by the Washington Public Power System.

Family was important to Tom and in 1993, he and Detta retired to Ashland, Nebraska giving them a life close to their son’s families and grandsons.

Tom was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Ashland and a member of the Honor Guard in the American Legion Post #129.  He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, camping, boating, grandsons and great grandchildren.

He is survived by wife of 66 years, Detta Chapman; sons, Don (Tracy) Chapman of St. Peters, MO and Sterling (Mary) Chapman of Murdock, NE; 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Catherine “Bid” Rieners and Shirley “Pud” (Tom) Rine; and many family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Florence Chapman; brothers, James Chapman and William “Oscar” Chapman; sisters, Floretta “Tyke” Thomsen, Barbara Patenberg and Patricia Lafferty.

Condolences for Thomas E. Chapman
  1. Jennifer Nielson
    • February 7, 2020 - 11 months ago

    Detta, I’m so sorry for the loss of Tom he was such a sweet man, you are in my prayers.

  2. • February 8, 2020 - 11 months ago

    detta so sorry to hear about tom have thought of you since les and i moved to oklahoma.prayers to you and family

  3. Michael Lafferty
    • February 8, 2020 - 11 months ago

    Uncle Tom was one of the main reasons I joined the Air Force. He will be missed and lives in our hearts forever. Thank you Uncle Tom, well done and airman your work is done on earth, go rest high on that mountain.
    Aunt Detta, you and your family are in our prayers.

  4. Gene & Mary Roncka
    • February 9, 2020 - 11 months ago

    Detta & family,
    , Our sincerest sympathy in the passing of Tom. Will always remember our Sundays in church together. Didn’t realize all that Tom had accomplished with you at his side. Wonderful memories for you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Warm regards, Gene & Mary Roncka

  5. Diana (Hodgkin) Spears
    • February 10, 2020 - 11 months ago

    I had the honor of being flower girl in Tom and Detta’s wedding!🙏 Tom was always so happy to see me and loved to visit. I did not get a chance to know his family because they lived in so many places. Our family reunions were always better with him there!🥰 I am so sorry for your loss.

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