Jeffrey L. Chaffee, age 56 of Morris, died Friday, April 19, 2019, at his home.
Born May 3, 1962, in Batesville, he is the son of Patricia (nee Volz) and Richard Chaffee. He and his wife Diane (nee Rowlett) have been together for 34 years. Jeff was a tool and die maker at the Hill-Rom Company for nearly 40 years.
In addition to working at Hill-Rom, Jeff also was a knife maker and gunsmith. He owned Chaffee Knives and Firearms for 10 years and was a member of the NRA. A longtime muscle car collector, he started out collecting Pontiacs and was a member of the Pontiacs of Southeastern Indiana Car Club. Later he would begin collecting Plymouths and Dodges, but, ironically, his favorite car was the Chevelle made by Chevy. Eventually he began collecting old tractors, hit and miss motors and firearms.
For all the interests Jeff enjoyed, none were more precious to him than his family and grandkids.
He is survived by his wife Diane; daughter Heather Reese of Indianapolis; sons Jason Rowlett and Brandon Chaffee, both of Batesville; mother Pat of Morris; brothers Kevin of Batesville, Tim of St. Leon, Indiana, Kyle of Batesville, Lindy of Indianapolis; and grandchildren Lilly, Jaden, Shelby, Storm, Preston, Kendall and Whitney.
He is preceded in death by his father.
Visitation is Tuesday, April 23, from 4-7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, at St. Anthony's Church in Morris followed by burial in the church cemetery.
The family requests memorials to the Southern Care Hospice.
Published on April 22, 2019