Bruce L. Chapin, 65

Bruce Lloyd Chapin, age 65, of Willmar, died Friday, May 12, 2017, at the Dassel Lakeside Care Center.

Funeral services will take place Thursday, June 1 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar, followed by interment at Fairview Cemetery.

There will be visitation Wednesday, May 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar, continuing Thursday at the church, one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar; www.petersonbrothers.com.

Bruce was born Nov. 2, 1951, in Willmar, the son of Frank and Shirley (Langager) Chapin.

He grew up in Willmar, graduated from Willmar High School in 1970, and then attended college at University of Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State.

In 1974, Bruce began employment with the Willmar Police Department, where he served in various capacities including firearms instructor and negotiator.

In 1976, Bruce was married to Deby Berscheid. They made their home in Willmar and were married for 37 years.

Bruce retired from the police force in 2005, and worked part time for Kandiyohi Area Transit.

During his life, Bruce pursued a wide range of interests. He was a gun enthusiast, lifetime NRA member, and enjoyed both target shooting and hunting. He had a deep love of history, and would never be found without several history books.

Bruce had a special interest in the late 19th century wars and World War II, and had the opportunity to visit several historical battlefields, including Little Big Horn and Gettysburg, which he enjoyed immensely.

Bruce inherited a love of aviation from his father, and was always ready with a story involving airplanes (especially if it involved World War II airplanes). He also attended many airshows with his family throughout the Midwest.

He will be remembered as someone who loved his kids, grandkids, and his dogs. He loved every minute he could spend with his children and their families, including family meals, holidays, and everyday life. Bruce also loved his pets, and had adopted several pets from the Kandiyohi County Humane Society.

He is survived by two children, Patrick (and Sara) Chapin of Barksdale AFB in Louisiana, and Krystal Chapin (and Jeremy Hilker) of Litchfield; six grandchildren, Carolyn, Ayden, Charlotte, Clara, Korbin and Gia; two siblings, Mike Chapin (and Deb Mikelson) of Mendota Heights, and Debbie (and Mike) Langmo of Darwin; his grand-pets, Izzy and Rachel; and many other relatives and friends.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Shirley Chapin.

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