Count Alfred Chapin, 89 years old | Bonner County Daily Bee
Earl Alfred Chapin passed away on July 9, 2021.
He was born in Pierre, South Dakota, to Frank Forrest and Nora May (Henneman) Chapin on March 27, 1932. At the age of 3, the family had to leave the Dust Bowl area to find a new home. . The search ended in Edgemere, Idaho.
Earl attended Edgemere School in eighth grade, Spirit Lake High School, and graduated from Priest River High when the family moved there in his senior year. After school he worked in several local factories, settling at Pack River Mill in Dover, Idaho.
He married JoAnn Fern Lynch in 1950 and they had three children, Carol, Cliff and Ken. They built a new house and the family of five moved in in 1955. Earl and JoAnn divorced in 1960.
Earl began collecting guns and antiques for additional income. He and his sons built a stone building next to the house to display them. He met Beverly Ann Bacon Winfrey and they married in 1967. She and her son, Dave Winfrey, moved into the family home. Bev was a high school counselor, which gave them summers for hiking, biking, and flying.
In 1974 Earl retired from the factory and worked full time on his collectibles. He had a Super Cub that he flew in the Idaho outback and a Cessna 172 that he and Bev flew on long trips and to collect collectibles. They loved to travel! They have flown all over the United States, traveled to several countries, and taken several cruises.
Bev died in 2014 and Earl moved to live with her son, Ken, in 2017.
Earl was predeceased by his parents; Sister Dorothy Monk; and his brother Mason Chapin. He is survived by his children, Carol Cressey and Earl White, Cliff and Linda (Neely) Chapin, Ken and Paula (Gardner) Chapin, Dave and Sally (Van Diest) Winfrey., And adopted daughter Marsha O’Dell Elliot and her husband. Mike. He is also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Family and friends are invited to sign Earl’s online guestbook at www.coffeltfuneral.com.
Arrangements are the responsibility of Coffelt Funeral Service.