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Milton D. Rapp

Published: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 6:42 a.m. CST

SUBLETTE – Milton D. Rapp, 63, of Sublette, passed away at 7:55 a.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014.

He was born Sept. 19, 1950, in Amboy, to Milton P. and Evelyn (Hoelzer) Rapp. He married Emily Jean Benavidez on April 4, 1970, in Mendota. Milton honorably served in the Army with the 23rd Engineer Battalion during the Vietnam War, and was stationed in Germany until his honorable discharge in March 1973.

Milton was employed by Caterpillar in Aurora from September 1969 until retiring in May 2003. He then worked at HCC Inc. in Mendota. Upon retirement, he farmed the Rapp family farm until his death. Milton was deeply involved in his church, the Community United Methodist Church of La Moille, and served as conference lay leader. He held many other positions in the church, including trustee, pastor parish, dart ball, lay leader, reader and many more.

Milton had many interests and hobbies, but most importantly, serving his Lord Jesus Christ. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, had a passion for collecting John Deere tractors and loved being outdoors and hunting. Milton was a fan of his beloved Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears.

Milton is survived by his wife; two sons, Dennis Rapp of Chicago and Derek Rapp of Sublette; one daughter, Jessica (Brent) Montavon of Amboy; and two grandchildren, Brayden and Chase; two sisters, Sue (Dan) Williams of Cypress, Calif., and Julee (Tom) Barkauskas of Yorkville; four brothers, David (Linda) Rapp of Mendota, Myron (Anne) Rapp of Clearwater, Fla., and Merle Rapp and Dean Rapp both of Aurora; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Community United Methodist Church in La Moille. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church, with the Rev. Sangmyung Park officiating. Burial, with military honors accorded by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4079, will be at Restland Cemetery in Mendota. Pallbearers will be Cord Benavidez, Erick Benavidez, Adam Rapp, Ryan Molln, Colton Benavidez, John Silfies, and Greg Barkauskas. Merritt Funeral Home in Mendota is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials and donations may be made to Community United Methodist Church in La Moille.

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