Leslie L. “Chopper” Mazelin

Leslie L. “Chopper” Mazelin, 66, of Bluffton, passed away Monday morning, Sept. 10, 2018, at Bluffton Regional Medical Center.

He was born Oct. 8, 1951, in Bluffton to Siles Mazelin and Viola Andrews Staples.

Chopper attended Southern Wells High School and was an active member of River of Life Church in Bluffton and attended Bluffton Church of God. He was a gentle giant, who loved sharing his faith and talents with others. He loved to sing the old traditional hymns both at church and with the residents of care facilities. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and fishing.

On Dec. 26, 1987, in Poneto, Chopper and Debbie A. Deininger were married.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie of Bluffton; along with his siblings, Debbie (Bill) Lowe of Marion, Elaine (Charlie) Sills of Bluffton, Kristi (David) Davis of Georgia, Roxanne (Larry) Doublin of Geneva, Rochelle (Gary) Jamison of Bluffton, Joey (Doug) Pierce of Montpelier, Carla Staples of Poneto, and Dana Staples and Gary Hays, both of Florida. He will also be remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Chopper was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Gloria Keller; and a brother, Dennie Mazelin.

A service to celebrate Chopper’s life will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Bluffton Church of God. Pastor John Roe and Pastor Wayne Ball will officiate.  Friends are encouraged to visit with the family from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday prior to the service. Burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery in Bluffton. Memorials may be made to the family through the funeral home.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton. Friends can send online condolences to the family at www.thomarich.com