Honor Mission

Joseph L. Chaplek, Veteran

South Glens Falls, New York - 21 Oct 2017


The Patriot Guard Riders have been requested to participate in the military honors services of Joseph L. Chaplek. Joseph, 101, passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017 with his family by his side.

Born March 8, 1916 in Fort Edward, he graduated from Fort Edward High School, class of 1933. After high school, Joe proudly joined the United States Army, serving our country during World War II as a First Lieutenant, Squadron B 553rd AAF Base Unit. Stationed in Africa, he flew and completed 35 missions over Normandy, Northern France and Germany. Joe received multiple medals and commendations.

Joe was a communicant and charter member of St. Michael the Archangel Church in South Glens Falls, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council — 11160 Rev. Robert A. Nugent Council. He was a member of the American Legion Mohican Post 553.

He retired from Scott Paper after 33 years of service, and was instrumental in establishing the first environmental pollution plant in New York state at Scott Paper.

Joe enjoyed golfing, working bingo, being an usher at church, hunting, fishing, telling war stories, maintaining his home, morning coffee at South Glens Falls in McDonalds with friends and spending time with his family.

The Patriot Guard Riders are proud to have the opportunity to stand for and render dignity, honor and respect for the life and service of Joseph L. Chapek, USAAC WWII "Greatest Generation" hero.

Primary Staging Time: 09:30 A.M.

St. Michael's Church
80 Saratoga Avenue
South Glens Falls, New York - 12803

Ride Captain:

Ray Sestak
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Special Instructions:

Staging at the church with flag line for the arrival of family. Following 10:00 AM service, PGR will escort to the cemetery for flag line during interment service:

St. Mary's Cemetery
225 Main St.
South Glens Falls, NY 12803

Flags & Water:

Flags Will NOT Be Provided, Please Bring Your Own.
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: Ray Sestak
Position: Assistant State Captain



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