More detail on this person: James Chappell, 86, passed away Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. He was born
June 1, 1930, in Ypsilanti, MI.
James enlisted in the Army Sept. 13, 1948 and served for 30 years including the Korean and Vietnam wars. As an aviator, he flew both fixed wing and helicopter aircraft, retiring as a Colonel. He was stationed from Hawaii to Germany and many stateside locations.
His love for aviation continued spending 22 years as the Airport Manager for the City of Salinas. He oversaw business creation, runway expansion and hangar construction. Most of all, he developed what would become lifelong friendships.
He is survived by his children, Cindy (John) Kwiatkowski, Candy (Bob) Mashack, Jay (Anne) Chappell; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild and dearest companion, Louise Holbrook.
A Celebration of Life will be at 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at the Landing Zone, Salinas Airport.
Memorial donations can be made to the SPCA of Monterey, Defenders of Wildlife, Disabled Veterans National Foundation or Paralyzed Veterans of America.
This information was last updated 10/18/2016
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