Chapman Founded Several Goshen RV Firms

April 5, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Arthur E. Chapman, 80, died Friday (April 2, 2010) at Greencroft in Goshen, Ind.

Arthur E. Chapman

Arthur E. Chapman

Chapman began his business career at Star Tank and Boat Co., which was founded by his grandfather, Arthur Schrock. The firm later became Starcraft Inc., now a division of Jayco Inc. He was then involved in starting several companies, including Supreme Corp., Rockwood, Advantage Van and Master Fab.

Rockwood started out in the early 1970s as a maker of mini motorhomes and later added travel trailers and folding camping trailers. He later sold the company to Bangor Punta Corp. It went through a series of owners before being purchased by Forest River Inc. around 1996.

He established the Maple City Industrial Park in Goshen, current site of the Keystone RV Co. complex on the south side of Goshen.

“His biggest legacy to the industry was he always kept a high focus on quality and integrity,” Don Gunden, Rockwood division general manager, told “He was always honest, always believed you needed to deliver the best product you could.”

Chapman was born June 1, 1929, in Goshen and was a lifelong Goshen resident.

Surviving are his wife, the former Joyce Fanning, whom he married Aug. 20, 1950; two daughters, Linda Wargon and Kelly (Tim) Weadick; two grandsons, Michael and Marshall Weadick; and one sister, Anna (Gene) Duffin, all of Goshen.

He was a graduate of Goshen High School, where he was an outstanding three-sport athlete. He graduated from Indiana University’s School of Business, served in the United States Marine Corps and was an avid golfer.

Respecting his wishes, there will be no visitation. The family will have a private graveside service at Violett Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Boys and Girls Club of Middlebury or the Humane Society of Elkhart County. Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen, is handling the arrangements.

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