Donald Joseph Chappuis


Last updated 10/28/2019 at 2:40pm

Donald Joseph Chappuis, born Feb. 5, 1923, in Rayne, La., passed away on Oct. 19, 2019, in Flower Mound, Texas, where he resided the last 3-1/2 years of his life.

He was the son of Elise Daboval and Archibald Chappuis. Raised in Rayne, he attended Louisiana State University, where he studied mechanical engineering. He graduated with a B.S. degree in 1947, and later earned his M.S. in 1962.

During World War II, he served in the 157th Combat Engineer Battalion as combat engineer unit commander. His unit played an integral part in the Normandy invasion and continued their engineer activities of bridge building, etc., while in close support of Patton's 3rd Army and Patch's 7th Army. The battalion took part in five campaigns including Normandy, N. France, Rhineland, Ardennes/Alsace and Central Europe, ending up in Salzburg, Austria, on VE Day, May 8, 1945.

He had a successful career in mechanical engineering specializing in design, procurement and construction of chemical plants and oil refineries. His work took him to many locations within the United States and abroad, including Saudi Arabia, Edmonton, Canada and Cairo, Egypt.

He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His wife of 67 years, Shirley, predeceased him in 2016.

He is survived by his seven children, Julie Dear and husband, George, of Roswell, Ga., Nancy Chappuis, of Dallas, Texas, David Chappuis, of Needville, Texas, Mary Brooker and husband, Mark, of Boerne, Texas, Jean Chappuis Baltz, of Boston, Mass., and husband, William Baltz, of Asheville; Diane Clemens and husband, Don, of Flower Mound, Texas, and Barbara Chappuis, of Dallas; grandchildren, Bradley Dear, Jeffrey Dear, Oliver Baltz, Andrew Baltz, Jacob Clemens, Stephanie Clemens, Joseph Kennemer and Lucy Kennemer; great-grandchildren, Emma Dear and Harper Dear.

His brothers, Richard, Steve, Jack and Charles, and sister, Dorothy Kemper, predeceased him.

In 1991, he and his wife retired to the beautiful mountains of Brevard, and lived in the Connestee Falls community. He enjoyed Hiking and the outdoors, watching LSU tiger football, barbecuing, and cooking gumbo. He also served on numerous volunteer committees with Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Connestee Theatre Group, and as a Hospice volunteer.

The family would like to thank all the wonderful caregivers that cared for him and took the time to make him feel loved and respected. They include Shirley's Angels/Brevard; Frankie Lane and Rambling Oaks Assisted Living; St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church volunteers; and Ardent Hospice.

Funeral services will be held Nov. 16, 2019, at 10 a.m. at Saint Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in Lewisville, Texas.

Interment will be at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, in Black Mountain, at a later date.

Contributions in his honor may be directed to Catholic Charities USA, 2050 Ballenger Ave., Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314.


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