James Stuart LaChapelle, 87, was welcomed through Heaven’s gates on July 24, 2021, with family by his side.
James (Jim) was born on January 23, 1934, to the late Stuart and Lillian (Riebe) LaChapelle. Jim was born in Green Bay, WI and graduated from West High School. Following high school, James proudly joined the United States Navy and served during the Korean War. Upon his completion of service, Jim joined the workforce and retired as a laborer in construction. Jim will be remembered as a great storyteller who loved hunting and observing nature at his home along the Oconto River. He also loved a good fish fry, caring for his dog Elvis, and spending time with his family. Above all, in his later years his most cherished role was that as a grandfather. He emphasized to them the need of knowledge, an education, and realizing their full potential. He was always there for them, and he was so proud of their successes and of the adults they became.
Jim is survived by the “love of his life” (his words) Nanci LaChapelle. Together they raised 6 children: Lori LaChapelle, Curt (Cindy) LaChapelle, Teri (Randy) Carlson, Jon (Paula) LaChapelle, Lori Bomske, and Amy (Scott) Koerner-Lorentzen. He was a grandfather to 6 grandchildren: Rase (Kelly) LaChapelle, Tier LaChapelle, Matt (Jessica) Carlson, Thomas (Rachel) Carlson, Weston (Melissa) Malcore and Lake LaChapelle. Jim also had 3 precious great-grandchildren: Brody and Blake Carlson and Zuli LaChapelle.
He is survived by 3 brothers: Clark (Kathy) LaChapelle, Wayne (Lea) LaChapelle, and Chuck (Veronica) LaChapelle and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one son, Gregory Peter LaChapelle.
The family would like to thank Unity Hospice and their staff. We could not have asked for better people to care for and help Jim transition to his eternal home.
Visitation for Jim will be held Wednesday July 28, 2021 at Faith United Lutheran Church (11465 Old “U”, Gillett) from 9am to 11am, with a funeral service at 11am. Pastor John Laatsch officiating. Military honors will take place immediately after. Kuehl Funeral Home is honored to serve the family.