|Birth: ||Dec. 4, 1928|
|Death: ||Jan. 29, 2010|
Robert Gene Chaplin, 81, of Carmel, Indiana, passed away peacefully January 29, 2010. Bob was born in Red Cloud, Nebraska, December 4, 1928, to Theodore Harry and Ruth Fry Chaplin. In 1936, the family moved during the Dust Bowl to Sumner, Washington.
Bob was the class salutatorian and graduated from Sumner High School in 1946. He graduated from Northwestern University with a BS with distinction in 1952 and an MA with honors in Audiology in 1953. Bob met his wife, Lory, in Lansing, Michigan, where they were married in 1956. Later that year, they moved to Indianapolis, where Bob joined the faculty at the Indiana University Medical School as an audiologist. He retired in 1992 after 36 years at Riley Hospital with the faculty rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, having been nominated for the 1991 Glenn W. Irwin Experience Excellence Recognition Award, which recognizes service "above and beyond the call of duty."
Bob and his family have lived in the Carmel area since 1957. An active member of Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, he served as an elder, sang in the choir, played in the handbell group and lovingly maintained the outside grounds of the church for over 45 years.
He was an accomplished fast-pitch softball pitcher, as well as an ardent fan of Carmel High School sports, especially girls' softball. He was an active cyclist, completing over 25 Hilly Hundred bike rides in Bloomington. After riding his last Hilly at the age of 75, he continued to participate as a volunteer.
Bob is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lory, of Carmel, a son Brian (Nancy) Chaplin of Vienna, Virginia, and a daughter Janice (Jerry) Arvesen of Bloomington, Indiana, six grandchildren, Alyssa (Phill) DaCunha of Falls Church, Virginia, Ian Chaplin of Hallandale, Florida, Adrienne Chaplin and Emma Chaplin of Vienna, Virginia, Daniel Arvesen of Bloomington, Indiana and David Arvesen of Chicago, Illinois. He is also survived by two brothers, Don (Gwen) Chaplin of Selah, Washington, and Bernie (Sandy) Chaplin of Olympia, Washington; and a sister-in-law Elaine (Robert) Westveer, of Kalamazoo, Michigan. A sister Esther (Clarence) Christenson of Sumner, Washington, preceded him in death. Bob was also a loving uncle to 15 nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 6, at 1 p.m. at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 1605 E. 106th Street, Indianapolis. The family will greet visitors at the church beginning at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions can be made to the church. Indiana Funeral Care entrusted with arrangements.
The Herald-Times, February 2, 2010
Created by: Ron
Record added: Feb 02, 2010
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