Ricky Dane Chapman was born at the Stettler Hospital on Dec. 12, 1977, at 7:55 p.m.
His brother Ryan and cousin Sean could hardly wait for him to come home.
Ricky was a very pretty baby and Dr. Karia said he should have been a girl and teased Ricky about it for years. Ricky just laughed.
Ricky was a happy active baby who grew into a happy active boy.
Ricky, Ryan and Sean ran around the farm always together and when Damian came along and got big enough, he went with them too.
They were all as close as brothers ever could be.
Ricky could not wait to start school.
When he did finally get there, that’s when he started his lifelong love of girls.
Ricky loved sports and started playing hockey at 6-years-old right through high school.
He also played other sports including soccer and ball. He played football for the Wildcats in Grade 10.
By then he had met his best friend Stace who was like a brother.
Ricky also held Stace’s parents Gwen and Terry Stenberg in very high regards.
Ricky and Stace had many, many good times together. Ricky remained happy, friendly and outgoing and had many friends.
Prior to graduation, Ricky decided to go and try his hand at pipelining and flew to the north to work with Dorn Stewart.
A couple of months later, he returned to graduate and then went back to the north with M & N Pipeline out of Coronation.
Ricky returned many times to work for his best friend’s dad, Terry at Stenberg Oilfield.
As with all oilfield work, things slowed and Ricky went to work at Sonny’s Welding with his dad and cousin.
Ricky stayed with Sonny, other than periodical stints with SK Welding, Doug Plett-Ram Welding and Delta Cats and again with Stenberg Oilfield until due to health reasons, Sonny retired.
Ricky, cousin Sean and the rest of the flock headed to Watson’s Welding, where Ricky operated equipment and welded until 2012.
He decided to try something different and went to work with Foremost Welding, building hydro vac trucks for six years.
It was at this time, he met Tabetha Shaffer and her son Ethan who were a huge part of his life.
Ricky went to work for WTS Manufacturing–Wayne Tebbe, where he worked until his passing.
When Ricky wasn’t pipelining or welding you could find him at the farm helping his Dad with the fencing, working cattle or whatever the day brought, or in town helping his Mom.
Ricky is survived by his loving family: girlfriend Tabetha Shaffer Klaus (In Memory) of Stettler; mother Wendy Erickson of Stettler; father Jim Chapman (Win Litvak) of Stettler; grandmother, ‘gran Eunice Chapman’ of Red Deer; step-grandmother, ‘gran Madeleine Chapman’ of Stettler; aunts and uncles: Dee (Gordon) Pidoborozny of Rochon Sands, Connie (Ted Gowler) Erickson of Calgary, Danny (Linda) Chapman of Stettler, Marnie (Clark) Hoskins of Red Deer, Lee (Sarah) Chapman of Erskine, and Kim (Kelsey Hoetmer) Chapman of Stettler.
He also leaves cousins: Lori (Larry) Spiak, Shane Pidoborozny (Heather McLean), Sean (Jessica) Chapman, Damian Chapman, Wayne (Kristie) Hoskins, Trina Hoskins, Branson Chapman, Katie Chapman, Jack Jr. Chapman, Joel Hoetmer and Claire Hoetmer; numerous other family and many dear friends.
Ricky was predeceased by his brother Ryan “Hooli” Chapman; maternal grandparents Orpha and Leif Erickson, his aunt Penny Lee Erickson and his paternal grandfather Jack Chapman and uncle Timmy Chapman.
Ricky was deeply loved by all his family and will be sadly missed.
A celebration of Ricky’s life was held on Sat. March 30, 2019, at the Stettler Funeral Home with Jan Richardson of Stettler United Church officiating.
In memory of Ricky, donations are gratefully accepted to the Canadian Transplant Association-Alberta, Stettler Crisis Aid or a charity of your choice c/o Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium, Box 1780, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0, 403-742-3422, who has been entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements.
To send or view condolences to Ricky’s family, please visit www.stettlerfuneralhome.com.