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Wellington "Duke" Rapp

July 20, 1917 ~ July 12, 2018 (age 100)

Wellington "Duke" Rapp   100

of Kenton


Services for Wellington "Duke" Rapp will be held at 11:00 Monday, July 16, 2018 at Price-McElroy Funeral Home in Kenton with Pastor Calvin Waugh and Pastor Denny Livingston officiating. Burial will follow at Otterbein Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be by Amvets Post 1994. Friends may call from 1:00 to 5:00 Sunday, July 15, 2018.

He died at 11:14 am Thursday, July 12, 2018 at his residence. He was born on July 20, 1917 in Hardin County to the late Harry B. and Coza (Wilson) Rapp. On June 16, 1943 he married Ruth L. Durkin and she preceded him in death on January 21, 2014.

He is survived by his son, Dale (Dorcas) Rapp of Kenton; daughter, Monica (Todd) Smith Sr. of Kenton; grandchildren, Todd (Misti) Smith Jr., Kellie (Mike) Eversole, Tiffany (Tyler) Sparks, Tabitha (Isaac) Houser, Joel (Diane) Rapp, and Erica (Casper) Agyeman-Duah; and great grandchildren, Tyler Tillman, Trevor Sparks, Trenton Sparks, Corey Eversole, Kaylie Eversole, Jacob Eversole, Cameron Smith, Emma Smith, Adeline Buckenroth, Jarrett Buckenroth, Hannah Houser, Lydia Houser, Andrew Houser, Leah Rapp, Ava Rapp, Eli Aygeman-Duah, and Bella Aygeman-Duah.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Wonita LeVally and brothers, Marion, Wilbur, Raymond, and Earl Rapp.

Duke was a farmer and attended the Otterbein United Methodist Church. 

Duke and Ruth had enjoyed traveling the lower 50 states, Canada, and visited relatives in Germany several times.

Wellington earned the nickname "Duke" in grade school from studying the Duke of Wellington at Grassy Point. When he went to high school he joined the first Future Farmers of America Chapter organized in Ridgeway High School in 1931. From the Ag classes he learned mechanical and leadership skills that earned him quick advancement to the rank of Staff Sergeant in the US Army Airforce. He was in charge of several motor pools in the US and Fiji Islands during WWII.

Memorials may be made to Ridgemont FFA or Universal Hospice.

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