Howard Charles Rapp, 90, of Plano, Texas, passed away at 4:50 a.m. Tuesday Feb. 12, 2019, at his residence, the home of Paul and Sherri Rapp. He was born Sept. 16, 1928, in Morton, Illinois, to Henry and Anna (Kuebler) Rapp. He married Dolores (Dee) Beyer on Aug. 27, 1949, in Morton. She preceded him in death on Aug. 14, 2016.
Surviving are three daughters, Nancy (Dave) Shelbourne of Plainfield, Ind.; Teresa (Bill) South of Peralta, New Mexico; Beth (Dave) Kaiser of Tremont, Illinois; two sons, David (Kari) Rapp of Bolingbrook, Illinois; Paul (Sherri) Rapp of Plano, Texas; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one sister, Sharlene (Don) Frintz of Morton, Illinois.
Howard (Hod) graduated from the University of Illinois in 1950 with a degree in Ceramic Engineering. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from 1951-1952 in Washington DC. He worked at the family owned Morton Pottery from 1952-1969 when the Pottery closed after 99 years of operation. From there, he became a financial advisor and eventually moved to Plano, Texas. He worked for Wycliff Bible Translators as a financial advisor to those retiring from the mission field. Both Hod and Dee were very active with the Gideons. They had a great love for their God and family. They both resided in Texas until their deaths.
The memorial service will be held Saturday, April 27, at 11 a.m. at New Life Christian Church, 401 W. Edgewood Court, Morton. Visiting with the family will be held prior to the service from 10-11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Coventry Reserve at www.coventryreserve.org/.index.php/donate-to-coventry/in-memory-of Howard volunteered with the ceramics program at Coventry Reserve, a Christ-centered community that serves special needs adults.