Astor C. Chapman, 85, GM inspector, veteran

April 06, 2003

Astor Coleman Chapman, a retired General Motors inspector and World War II veteran, died of heart failure Wednesday at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 85.

He was born and reared in Pelzar, S.C., where he also graduated from high school. During World War II, he enlisted in the Army Medical Corps and landed at Normandy several days after the initial invasion. He also participated in the Battle of the Bulge, family members said.

Mr. Chapman met his future wife, the former Genoveva Spechart, in England, and they married in 1945.

After being discharged, he returned to Baltimore and went to work in 1946 for General Motors at its Broening Highway plant. He was an inspector in the materials division for 30 years before retiring in 1976. He was a longtime member of the United Auto Workers Union.

He was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Taneytown. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph's Council 11631, and a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 467 in Westminster.

Mr. Chapman enjoyed fishing, vegetable gardening and reading about World War II.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 44 Frederick St., Taneytown.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Sandra A. Stachowski of Abingdon and Joan C. Fisher of Westminster; a brother, Quinton L. Chapman of Mountville, S.C.; two sisters, Dorothy Ann Iskra of Cincinnati and Faye Watson of San Jose, Calif.; and two grandsons.

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