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April 5, 1978 - July 21, 2020

Doug’s immediate family will join in a celebration of his life at a time and place to be decided. The family asks that contributions made in Doug’s memory be directed to the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission or Ministry with Community.

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Douglas Todd Rapp, 42, died July 21, 2020. He was born April 5, 1978 in Kalamazoo and lived his entire life in the area. He was a son to James A. and Judith L. Rapp and a brother to Lisa. After attending Portage Public Schools, Doug worked a variety of jobs, including as a laborer and a cook. Whatever the job, Doug brought to it a positive attitude and the willingness to work hard. He was skilled with his hands, enjoyed sports and the great outdoors. A loving family remembers him for his big heart, the love he returned to family members, as an avid reader and for being a good cook. Family members also remember him fondly for his good hugs and the many books he read to his nieces. His daughter especially remembers the sound advice he shared with her about a variety of subjects, including his long struggle with addiction. Doug was preceded in death by his father, James; a special aunt and uncle, Kathy and Mark Tuinstra; and Grandma Betty and Grandpa Roger Brown. He is survived by his mother, Judith; stepfather, Robert T. Rapp; a daughter, Elizabeth J. Rapp; a son, Jacob P. Rapp; a sister Lisa (Jollie Nathan) Allen; and many nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins, step siblings and others who will miss him.
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27