On Jan. 28, Howard "Coach" Chapel passed away with his children by his side.
Chapel was a 1937 graduate of Western Michigan University with a BS in physical education. During his time at Western Michigan, Chapel participated in football, baseball and wrestling.
After graduation he moved on to Wayne State for his Masters degree. Chapel then enlisted and was an ensign and coach for the U.S. Navy.
He later became a coach and teacher in Detroit. Chapel was inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1968 for his achievements.
Chapel held other distinguished accomplishments in his life; he was a founding member of the Michigan Sports Sages, a dedicated Rotary Club member, and a proud member of the Sons of the Revolution. He was also an avid golfer and held six hole-in-one awards.
The Grand Blanc, Mich., native spent all of his life enjoying sports, and never stopped being a Bronco. Chapel donated to the Mike Gary Athletic Fund every year since 1975. Last year, he came back to Western Michigan and celebrated his 100th birthday and 75th graduation anniversary.
Chapel is survived by three children (Sandra Bax, Mary Lynne Schenk, John Howard Chapel); six grandchildren (Sara Schaeffner, Hanna Schenk, Willis Schenk, John Howard Chapel Jr., Meredith and Abigail Chapel); and two great-grandsons (Luka and Kaleb Schaeffner-Jessup).
He was laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery at a family graveside ceremony.