Alexander "Alex" Chappell Jr.

  • Born: October 2, 1946
  • Died: March 18, 2016
  • Location: Iowa City, Iowa

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service

2720 Muscatine Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240
Tel. (319) 338-1132

Tribute & Message From The Family

Alexander "Alex" Chappell, Jr., 69, of Iowa City, passed away unexpectedly Friday, March 18, 2016 following a difficult battle with Parkinson's.

Visitation will be held from 9-11 am Thursday, March 24th at the Gay & Ciha Funeral Service in Iowa City with funeral services beginning at 11. Memories and condolences may be shared with his family at

Alex was born October 2, 1946, in Elizabeth, NJ; son of Alexander and Emelda (Neuges) Chappell. He earned his degree from Bernard Baruch College, New York and resided in the Los Angeles, CA area from the early 70's until 1997 when he moved to Iowa. While in California, he was married to Nancy with whom he had two daughters, Jennifer and Kimberly Chappell. In 1991 he met his current wife, Anne Knight, and together they moved to Iowa in 1997. He had worked about ten years at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

While not working, Alex could be found working on military models, he was an award-winning modeler, and took great pride in his work and the small details that went into each re-creation. He also shared his love with his boxers, Rosie and Rocky.

Alex's family includes his wife of 24 years, Anne Knight; daughters, Jennifer and Kimberly Chappell of California; brother, Malcolm Chappell of New Jersey and step-sons, Derek and Johnathan Gunn.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Wayne Chappell.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Anne, Derek and John -

I'm sorry I couldn't attend the visitation and funeral on Thursday - I had to fly to Phoenix to visit my ailing sister.

I always enjoyed talking with Alex over the "back fence" and wish I'd had the chance to get to know him better.

May all your good memories help you at this time.

Posted by Jim Walters - Iowa City   March 28, 2016

To my Family,

May the Spirit of Christ embrace and comfort you at this time of sorrow.

My heart and prayers are with you.

Blessings & Love Cousin Shirley Smith New Orleans, LA.

Posted by Shirley Smith - New Orleans, LA - Family   March 24, 2016

Annie, I am so, so sorry for your loss...I didn't know, I would've been there for u. Love u!

Posted by Tammy Barton - Iowa city, IA   March 24, 2016

So sorry to hear about Alex's passing. I so enjoyed working with him at the VA. He was always so positive and always had that great smile on his face. We will miss you Alex. I said Surah Fatiha for you.

Regards to his family at this difficult time.

Posted by Nasreen Syed - Iowa City, IA   March 23, 2016

Dear family, may you all find comfort in this difficult time of loss. Alex was a very nice man to work with. His smile was noticeable throughout the hospital.

Posted by suz Murdock    March 23, 2016


Annie, I am saddened for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Posted by Ricarda Patterson - Coralville, IA - Acquaintance   March 23, 2016

I'll keep your family in my daily prayers. I worked at the Va with Alex what a wonderful coworker. He will be missed

Posted by Jodie - Cedar Rapids, IA - Coworker   March 22, 2016

Anne you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Alex was a wonderful man, loving husband and father. I feel blessed to have known him. May God be with you all through these trying times.

Posted by Bonnie Mincy - Cedar Rapids, IA - Friend   March 22, 2016

ann so sorry for your loss wish you the very best.....the gabel gang

Posted by janelle - iowa city, IA - Friend   March 21, 2016


You will be missed

Posted by Ashlea Knight - Ely, IA   March 21, 2016

We'll miss you Alex,, thank you for all the kinds words we spoke, you left impression in my heart..

Posted by Tammy - Iowa City, IA - Coworker   March 21, 2016


I am very sorry to hear that Alex passed away. He was a wonderful man and co-worker. Heaven has gained a sweet soul. RIP my friend.

Posted by Nancy Lenz - Lone Tree, IA - Coworker   March 21, 2016

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