Rudolph "Rudy" Chapko

January 20, 1926 - April 3, 2019



Rudolph “Rudy” M. Chapko, 93, of Belvidere, IL passed away peacefully in his home Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Born January 20, 1926, in the town of Kohler, WI, son of Tom and Pauline Chapko.

Rudy proudly served his country with the United States Army, serving in General George Patton’s Company B 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion during World War II.

He was a graduate of University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and obtained his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Rudy married the love of his life Gloria I. Nottestad on August 22, 1953 in Cambridge, WI.

Rudy was a teacher and a coach in Cambridge, WI and later when they moved to Belvidere, he taught at Belvidere High School where he was pivotal in starting the driver’s education program. Soon after, Rudy became the Director of the Student Center at Rock Valley Community College and was very passionate about counseling young people. He enjoyed being a member of the Belvidere Rotary Club and serving on the Boone County Board.

Rudy deeply loved his family and will be missed by all.

He is loved and missed by his children, Kathy Chapko, Glenview, IL, Dr. James (Elena)Chapko, Belvidere, IL; grandchildren, Aiden and Vienna Chapko, Belvidere, IL as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife, Gloria; parents; siblings, Anton, Tom and Fran.

The family would like to thank Able Home Health and all the wonderful caregivers and Northern Illinois Hospice for their kindness and support.

Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 8, 2019 at St. James Catholic Church, 402 Church St, Belvidere, IL 61008, with Rev. Brian Geary officiating. Memorial gathering will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 8, 2019 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL 61008. Burial will be at a later date, at Belvidere Cemetery. To light a candle or share a condolence please visit www. 

Service Schedule

Monday, April 8, 2019
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


Memorial gathering will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 8, 2019 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services.

Monday, April 8, 2019
10:30 am

St. James Catholic Church

Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 8, 2019 at St. James Catholic Church, 402 Church St, Belvidere, IL 61008.

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My deepest sympathy to you and Jim and his family. I am sorry I can’t make it to the funeral because I just found out when it is. It’s already 9:30 here in Cambridge.

Patricia New 2019-04-08T09:34:43

My heart goes out to Jim, Kathy, and your families! So thankful to have known him and grateful for his kindness shown to me, especially when I was the “new guy” in town. His legacy lives on with two children who are passionate about teaching and helping others.
With deepest Sympathy,
The Kossman’s

Alan Kossman 2019-04-08T00:32:06

I knew Rudy when we were both members of the Belvidere Rotary Club. Rudy joined Rotary in 1959 and was an active member until he resigned in 2009. He was club president from 1969-1970. We thank him for all his service to our community during those years.

Ruth Todt 2019-04-06T16:18:00

A truly friendly, caring person. It was my pleasure to know Rudy through all My years at RVC. My sincere condolences to the Chapkos

John Bergstrom 2019-04-06T10:36:58

So sorry for your loss, Kathy and Jim. Your parents meant the world to me. Such lovely people, and I enjoyed their company immensely!

Monika Fiduccia 2019-04-05T22:07:26

He qas a great guidence guidence counselor. R.I.P. sir

Lori Whitley Ball 2019-04-05T18:41:39

A difficult thing to say goodbye for now, to your Dad. God’s peace to you all..

Mark and Kim (Verken) Zierke 2019-04-05T16:16:27

Dearest Kathy~
Our deepest sympathies on the passing of your dear Dad, Rudy. I can still see him in the hallway at Avoca while visiting you. You were the BEST daughter a father could ever ask for! He was truly blessed to have you. Condolences to the rest of the family.
With Love, H & L

Leslie & Henry Berghoef 2019-04-05T13:27:30

Sorry to hear of your dad’s passing, he lived a great life and was loved by many people. My God be with you and give you comfort and strength at this time.

Kathleen (Kate) Clanin Brodhacker 2019-04-05T12:15:17

Jim (Elayna) Kathy
As difficult as it is not to have Rudy with you, he is with Gloria for enternity. He is finally resting peacefully. His spirit will be around for a long time.
Rudy was a really great guy. I enjoy talking with him at your dental office. He was very proud of you and your sister. You guys took great care of him.

George Gaulrapp 2019-04-04T23:40:17


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