2013-04-20 / Obituaries

Chris Allen Stapleton

A memorial service for Chris Allen Stapleton, age 62 of Hebron, was held April 16, 2013, at Criss-Schoedinger Funeral Home with Pastor Jenn Ballenger officiating. Military honors were observed by the Licking County Veterans Alliance.

Chris passed away April 12, 2013, at his home. He was born December 14, 1950, in Newark, to the late Thurman and Adrian (Wilson) Stapleton.

Chris was a disabled veteran who served in the United States Army for five years, stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. He served two tours in Vietnam where he became a highly decorated soldier for his exploits that included the rescue and saving of the lives of fellow soldiers.

Chris grew up and resided in Heath, where he worked at the Newark Air Force Base, and later moved to the Buckeye Lake and Hebron area where he spent the remainder of his life. During that time he worked at Michael’s Industry in Newark and tended bar at The Tavern in Buckeye Lake. He also worked for the Caine Corporation in Hebron.

Chris loved music and often performed in bands, at church and other social gatherings. He was locally renowned for his beautiful voice and gained minor celebrity status, singing karaoke at local taverns where people would gather just to hear him sing. His signature song was “God Bless the USA”.

Chris loved sports and was a devoted Buckeye and Browns fan. He was also a former OSU football usher. He loved to watch wrestling and as a young man loved to ride his motorcycle.

“Charismatic” best describes Chris and he had a sense of humor and an upbeat personality that made him a crowd pleaser and attracted a lot of friends. He always tried to make sure the people around him were laughing and having a good time. The world was Chris’s stage and he loved to perform on it. Even as his health declined, Chris found the strength to have time for family and friends and do what he could to bring a smile to their faces.

Chris had four children of his own, sons with his first love, Jamie, Rex, Brian and Jason, and a daughter with Bev, Misty, with whom he lived and relied on as his primary caregiver, friend and companion. Chris had 14 grandchildren, Dalton, Stephen, Bodhi, Donald “Bubby”, Christian, Zane, Xander and Cody “Codeman”, Tiffany “Sis”, Isabelle, Sasha, Piper, Emily and Garrett; and a greatgranddaughter,


Chris had an unwavering devotion and great love for his siblings, his brother, Paul “Butch” (Barbara); and sisters, Carol, Beverly and Debbie (Sam). He had a special lifelong friendship with his former wife and partner, Karen; he also had a continued friendship with former wife, Janet. Chris also had special relationships with his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Chris spent many years with his love and partner, Bev, and remained close friends until her passing.

As an uncle and great-uncle, Chris was loved by numerous nieces and nephews whom he cherished, especially his niece, Nky, who held a special place in his heart; and nephew, Doug, with whom he shared many adventures in his younger years.

Chris formed many friendships in life and some grew through love into family bonds like the one between him and his extended family, Tim and Tina White and their children.

In addition to his parents, Chris was preceded in death by two brothers, Sonny and Jim; two sisters, Nancy Hayes and Martha Salyer; and a grandson, Rex.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Visit www.CrissSchoedinger.com to share a special memory about Chris or to sign an online guest book.

Join his family and friends for a potluck from 1 - 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Louie’s Corner House, SR 79, Buckeye Lake.

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