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Robert T. Rapp

March 17, 1934 - March 29, 2021

U.S. Veteran

Due to Covid restrictions, there will be a memorial service for members of the immediate family only. A public celebration of life will be held for Bob at a later date. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes, the Wounded Warrior Project or to KICY, an Arctic broadcasting outreach of the Evangelical Covenant Church.

 

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.          2 Timothy 4:7

 

Robert Tyler (“Bob”) Rapp, 87, went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 29, 2021. Bob was born on March 17, 1934, and lived his entire life in the Kalamazoo area. He was a son to Lucile and Paul and a brother to Maxine. Following graduation from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1952, he went to work for the Kalamazoo County Road Commission. A year and a half later, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served aboard the U.S.S. Albany CA123. After his years in the service, he returned to his job with the road commission, eventually retiring from there after more than 40 years of faithful service. In 1954 Bob married Dawn Weed, and four of the couple’s five children survive him: Robert Paul (Lori), Mark E. [deceased] (Debra), Martha (Tim) McDaniel, Fred (Anne) and David (Shawn). He is also survived by a step daughter, Lisa (Nate) Allen and many grand and great grandchildren. As Bob would say, he was “blessed to have found love twice.” His first love made him the proud father of five children but also a sad widower in 2009. His second love, Judith (Brown) Rapp, was the widow of James A. Rapp, and the two were married in 2010. Since then, the pair traveled to Europe, western Canada and the United Kingdom and enjoyed many happy times together and with family members at the family cabin on the Little Manistee River. Bob was a dedicated family man and was active with his children in Boy Scouts and 4-H. His faith and sharing it with others were two of the most important things in Bob’s life. He was an active member of the Kalamazoo Covenant Church for many years, and at the time of his death, was a member of the Almena United Methodist Church. Family, including in-laws and extended family, were very important to Bob. He loved gospel, country western and classical music and played the hammered dulcimer. Among his hobbies were restoring Coleman lanterns and cast-iron cookware, woodworking and collecting local milk bottles. He also enjoyed reading, especially history, the Bible and other Christian material. In addition to his son Mark, his sister Maxine, a grandson Tyler Rapp and his parents Lucile and Paul preceded Bob in death.