A former President of First National Bank of Vandalia and a longtime community leader has passed way. Ernie Chappel, who served as President of First National Bank from 1991 until 2015, has passed away at the age of 66 after fighting a brave battle with cancer. Chappel was a community leader throughout his time in Vandalia, serving in dozens of leadership and community capacities. Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman says Chappel was a true champion for Vandalia.
Chappel, who was a native of Bond County, helped lead FNB through a big growth period—as they grew from one to seven locations during his time as President.