U.S. Army (retired) Captain Jonathan E. Chorpenning, age 67 of Felicity, Ohio died Saturday, June 9, 2012 at his residence. He was born March 13, 1945 in Washington, D.C. the son of the late Dr. Frank Chorpenning, Lieutenant Colonel – retired U.S. Army and Annie (Kay) Chorpenning. Captain Chorpenning was a graduate of Marietta High School class of 1963, The Ohio State University in 1969 with a B.S. in Chemistry, a Master in Physics in 1977 with a post grad certification in Public Administration. He entered the military on April 20, 1969 and served with 3/77th Armor Bn, 5th Infantry Div., 2/34th Armor, 4th infantry Div. and 4/7th Cavalry, 2nd Infantry Difc (OCONUS) for thirty-six years and spent twenty-seven of those years with the U.S. Army Special Forces. He also served as a police officer in the Powell, Ohio and Obetz, Ohio police departments and as a Brown County, Ohio Deputy Sheriff. Captain Chorpenning was a retired teacher in the Columbus, Ohio Public School District, retired from the state of Ohio, Department of Veteran Affairs and eventually became the Police Chief at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky, Ohio. He was then Project Manager for design and construction of the Ohio Veterans Home in Georgetown, Ohio, from which he retired in 2010. He was a life member of the Ohio Gun Collectors Association for over forty-five years, and served as Director and as Trustee for of the OGCA Civil Defense Fund. With so many continuous and successful years of service to the OGCA it was fitting that the title of Director Emeritus was bestowed upon him.
Captain Chorpenning is survived by his wife –Laura (Andres) Chorpenning; five daughters – Julie (Hank) Arens of Union, Kentucky, Jennifer Irwin and husband David of Bexley, Ohio, Megan Chorpenning of Columbus, Ohio, Kelly Adam of Milford, Ohio and Amy Adam of Georgetown, Ohio; one adopted son – Kevin Harlan of Atlanta, Georgia; three grandchildren – Matthew and Andrew Irwin and Jonathan Arens; three sisters – Anne Kay Coffey and husband Ralph of St. Augustine, Florida, Kathleen Row and husband David of New York, New York and Janie Aziz of Cairo, Egypt and many nieces, nephews extended family, friends and beloved pets.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, June 14, 2012 at the Cahall Funeral Home in Georgetown, Ohio. Visitation will be from 4:00– 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at the funeral home. Interment will be at 2:00 P.M. Thursday in the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown, Kentucky. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the University of Michigan Office of Development Fund for Discovery - 367830, 3003 South State Street, Suite 9000, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1288.
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