James Wheeler Chapman, age 82, of Prior Lake, MN, passed away Friday, March 14, 2014. Preceded in death by wife, Josephine. Survived by four children, Mary Jo, Mike, Faith and Amie five grandchildren nine great-grandchildren one great-great-grandchild and loving friend, Donna Knox. Born in Pueblo, CO, on Sept. 7, 1931 raised in Mankato, MN attended Antioch College, OH served his country during the Korean Conflict earned his Masters in Science from the University of Minnesota. James worked as a Teaching and Research Assistant at the U of M Interrupted his Ph.D. program to serve as an Aero Space Engineer with Control Data Corporation. Retired in 1988 from Control Data Corporation Member American Legion Post #435 Member of the Dakota Society of Prior Lake loving father to all who needed one. Avid naturalist, fisherman, hunter and computer programmer. Memorials in honor preferred to the American Lung Association. Service to be held on Friday, April 18, at 4 p.m. with visitation at 3 p.m. at Cremation Society of MN – Edina, 7110 France Ave. Private family burial with honors at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery to follow on April, 21.