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Donald Chaplin, Sr. dies at age 78

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Donald Chaplin, Sr., age 78 of Chesterton, IN, passed away on December 5, 2015 in Valparaiso, IN.

He was born on May 28, 1937 in Michigan City, IN to Henry and Dorothy (Bishop) Chaplin.

He is survived by his wife, Winnie (Koziczynski) Chaplin; children, Colleen Chaplin of Valparaiso, IN, Nadine (Ira) Epstein of Chicago, IL, Donald Chaplin, Jr. of Chesterton, IN and Patricia (Bill) Lockwood of Batavia, IL; brothers, Robert (Kitty) Chaplin of Westville, IN and Jim Chaplin of Chesterton, IN; grandchildren, Michael, Leslie and Andrew Mahaffey, Max (Danielle) Epstein and William, Abigail and Robert Lockwood; great-grandchildren, Dylan Mahaffey, Marissade Roe and Steven Millsap, III and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law, Judy Chaplin.

Donald was an overhead crane machinist at Inland Steel and retired after 35 years of service. He was a charter member of Chesterton Moose Lodge 1623, Porter County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America and Sons of American Legion Post 83 in LaPorte, IN. He was an avid golfer and took great pride in caring for his yard. He loved his family and looked forward to visits with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Cremation will take place at Heritage Crematory, Portage, IN.

Arrangements are handled by Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, Chesterton, IN.

Memorial donations in Donís honor may be made to VNA Hospice, 2401 Valley Drive, Valparaiso, IN 46383.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Posted 12/8/2015





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