Sue Chappell


Martha Sue Lukemeyer Chappell passed away on February 12, 2017, at the age of 81. She was born to George and Frieda (Lowell) Lukemeyer on July 23, 1935, in Huntingburg, Indiana. She graduated from Huntingburg High School in 1953, and in the fall of that year attended Lockyear’s Business College in Evansville, Indiana.

In 1955, Sue married Bob Chappell, also from Huntingburg. They were together until his passing in 2004, just three months shy of their 50th wedding anniversary. They had three daughters. Bob was a school teacher and long-time tennis coach at Columbus North High School. Bob was awarded several Science Foundation scholarships which allowed them to travel to different states during the summers.

Sue was an avid bridge player in Columbus for over 51 years. She worked for several different doctors in Columbus. She spent several years working at Southern Indiana Urology Clinic. After her retirement, she did a lot of volunteering. She volunteered at Just Friends Adult Day Care and Four Seasons Health Care Center in Columbus. She also volunteered at Todd Aiken Health Center and United Methodist Home Health Center in Franklin, Indiana. Sue was a member of the United Methodist Church in Huntingburg as a young girl, then later joined Columbus First United Methodist Church in Columbus, Indiana.

In 2006, Sue and Don Elshoff, a long-time school friend from Huntingburg, Indiana, began sharing their lives together. Six months of the year they lived in Surprise, Arizona. For years, Sue and Don greatly enjoyed travelling the country visiting family, friends and various points of interest until her illness no longer allowed her this pleasure. Don was at Sue’s side throughout her final years bringing companionship, immense love and happiness and unparalleled care.

Survivors are daughters, Sandy (Bryan) Brown of Beverly Hills, California, Sara (Charlie) Scott of Grand Lake, Colorado and Susan Fields of Hope, Indiana. Grandchildren include Ashley Scott (Greg) of Zionsville, Indiana, Charlie Scott (Kate) of Atlanta, Georgia and J.R. Chappell (Alma) of Gilbert, Arizona; and great-grandson, Marcus Chappell. Surviving brothers are Doug (Alice) Lukemeyer and John (Terry) Lukemeyer, both of Jasper, Indiana.

Memorial services will be held Saturday April 1, 2017, and Sunday April 2, 2017. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday April 1, at Myers-Reed Funeral Chapel, 3729 E. 25th St. Columbus, IN 47203, followed by a memorial service at noon with the Rev. Howard Boles officiating. Online condolences may be sent to the family at Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at Nass and Son Funeral Home, 208 N. Main Street Huntingburg, IN 47542, with service at 2 p.m. A private burial will be at Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg, Indiana.

In lieu of flowers, for those whom wish, please donate in Sue’s memory to Mayo Clinic, Department of Development/Pulmonary Fibrosis Research, 13400 E. Shea Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ 85259 (please include Martha Chappell in memo line on check); Shriners Hospitals for Children (; or Riley Hospital for Children (