Born on the west side of Youngstown, Ohio, in a family of 6 brothers and a sister, Bob had a very active childhood beginning with his love of sports, specifically football. He played football for West Jr. High, and went on to play for Chaney. As soon as he graduated high school, this young man packed his bags and headed out West. After a short working stint with a couple of his brothers in TX, he quickly found his home in Las Vegas, NV. This is when his high school sweetheart Gina (Perl) joined him to begin their life together. The Wild West was certainly just that. Bob would spend the next 40 years working in the construction industry, helping to build almost all of the properties you see in the Vegas skyline today.
Bonded by their Youngstown roots, the two of them built an amazing life together from building their own home, to raising three beautiful children, to purchasing a cabin in Utah for those weekend getaways and for making memories, to traveling often with their family. Bob enjoyed a life outdoors, to include golf, fishing, skiing, snowmobiling, and riding their quads.
After retirement, Bob and Gina began a business in Utah, helped manage the property development, and made many friends along the way that are now dubbed their “mountain family”. He was an invaluable member of the Cedar Mountain and Swains Creek Communities. He will be remembered as a hard worker who knew how to do just about anything, and who was always quick to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
Bob’s love for sports carried throughout his entire life – what better place than Las Vegas to make trips to the Santa Fe Sports Book and meet up with his brother to talk all things sports. Golf was also a big part of Bob’s life. He and Gina golfed often and found a course in every place they visited.
Not only was Bob a loving spouse and father, he was the epitome of an all-around “great guy” who would do anything for you. And he sure knew how to have fun.
Bob leaves behind his wife Gina of 34 years, his three children, Brandy Melendez of Tulare, CA, Marla Chapman of Las Vegas, and Carl Chapman of Reno, and two grandchildren, Hunter and Gunner Melendez. He also leaves his brother Daniel Chapman of Las Vegas and his sister Lori Luker of Las Vegas. He was preceded in death by his parents James and Marilyn, brothers Thomas, James, Frank, Kenneth, and Gary, all of whom were of Las Vegas.
Bob will be missed by his brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, many of his nieces and nephews, and his vast amount of friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, January 2 from 1pm – 3pm at the Santa Fe Station, Centennial Ballroom B, 4949 N. Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130.