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Stephen Eugene Chiapella III

Stephen “Steve” Eugene Chiapella III

Stephen left us on December 19, 2021. Survivors include his wife, Lisa (Haller) Cowgill-Chiapella of Oregon City his children Nicole & John LaCamp of Eugene, Stephen Thomas & Andrea Chiapella of Sherwood, Mahala & Christ Fouts of Oregon City, Tara & Casey Cox, Jenna Cowgill & Matt Diaz, and Aidan Cowgill of Lincoln City. His siblings are Julia, Marie, Thom, Damian, Chris, and Pete.

Papa Steve’s nine beloved grandchildren are Joshua, Jacob, Stephen Emiliano, Audrey, Lovisa, Bryant, Donavin, Journey and Ayla.

Stephen was born in Los Angeles, CA on March 16, 1956, to Jacqueline (Meyers) and Stephen Eugene Chiapella Jr. He lived in California for many years before moving to Oregon in the 1980s with his first wife Susan (Black) Chiapella. He worked in the early years of computers and semiconductors before moving into telecommunication management and finally into semi-retirement as a groundskeeper at Stone Creek Golf Club.

Stephen enjoyed the simple things in life. He was a less is more and don't sweat it kind of guy. He truly loved his friends, making and keeping many over the years. His memory for people, places, dates, and music was astonishing.

Stephen had many passions in life. He took great pleasure in playing with his grandchildren who all adored their Papa Steve. He loved spending time on the water with his wife, Lisa. He believed in being of service, and his commitment to others was profound. Deeply active in AA for over 15 years, he said being involved made him a better person, and it certainly did. The lives he impacted for the better were many and the lives that he touched are part of his legacy.

Stephen said that watching the sun come up daily and seeing the light slowly creep into the day was one of the best things in life, and it could never get old. We will remember him whenever we see the sunrise and feel him with us through the sun's early rays. We're so glad for the time we had together and the love we shared.

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Many memories with Steve and Damien when the Chiapellas moved to the SY Valley in 1972. They helped us plant fruit trees in our front field. Hell of a guitar player, too.
The Paolas will miss you, too.

Marty Paola Dec 31 2021 11:15 AM

He was the best brother in law a person could have. I loved him dearly and will miss him forever. Rest in peace Steve!!!

Marie L. Jones Dec 24 2021 1:59 PM

Sympathy Gift courtesy of Colleen Mossor. Group of 1 Memorial Trees Planted In Loving Memory of Stephen Eugene Chiapella III.

Colleen Mossor Dec 24 2021 12:50 PM

What a wonderful legacy!
Steve will always be in my heart as a wonderful, kind, creative neighbor; and Lisa/Steve a wonderful friend.
God gave the world a gift, and his name is Steve.
Lisa, you are also an amazing new friend- Me so grateful-
and I'll be here for you, going forward,
Love, prayers, blessings,

Mary Kidd Dec 23 2021 3:31 PM