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Milton D. Rapp

Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

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

Milton 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 served honorably 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 his retirement from CAT in May 2003. Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel, and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives. He then worked at HCC Inc. in Mendota. Upon his retirement from HCC, Milton farmed the Rapp family farm until his death.

Milton was deeply involved in his church, Community United Methodist Church of LaMoille 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; two granchildren, Brayden and Chase; his brother, David (Linda) Rapp of Mendota; brother, Myron (Anne) Rapp of Clearwater, Fla.; brother, Merle Rapp of Aurora; brother, Dean Rapp of Aurora; his sister, Sue (Dan) Williams of Cypress, Calif.; and his sister, Julee (Tom) Barkauskas (Tom) of Yorkville; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Full military honors will be accorded. Pallbearers will be Cord Benavidez, Erick Benavidez, Adam Rapp, Ryan Molln, Colton Benavidez, John Silfies and Greg Barkauskas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials and donations should be directed to Community United Methodist Church in LaMoille.

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