Shorewood Hills - Samuel Robert Riceman Chappell was born on April 17, 1992 and died Tuesday morning, November 20, 2012.

Sam was a gentle boy who was kind and caring to his parents, Anne Riceman and Rick Chappell, his little brother Jacob and sister Sophia, his friends, small animals whom he loved as pets, and his long-time devoted girlfriend, Ellen Hough. He had a smile and friendly words for us all. Sam also was smart and literate with a great mind, skilled hands, and an unusual ability to connect the two in useful applications. He really knew his way around the technical aspects of a computer. Sam would have made a great engineer. Despite these talents, he was modest and liked helping and teaching others without making them feel less knowledgeable than he was, even though most of us were.

Sam enjoyed playing video games with his friends and brother, animated discussions about technology, keeping company with Ellen, Thai food, and good books. Since graduating from West High School in 2010, he studied at MATC and worked for a company helping the deaf communicate by telephone. Besides those already mentioned, he will be mourned by his grandmother, Rosine Chappell; his aunts, Susanne Arney, Andrea Blum, Ellen Riceman and Lori Najvar; uncles, David Riceman and Glen Chappell; cousin, Jonathan Riceman; and many friends.Cress_Funeral

Funeral services for Sam will be held Friday, November 23, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. FOREST HILL CEMETERY, 1 Speedway Road, Madison, WI 53705.

We will miss him so much.