Robert Rapp, Sr.
Robert Rapp Sr. passed away at his home in Hillsboro on March 25, 2020. He was 87. Bob was born in Kellogg, Idaho, and was raised in Baker City, Oregon. After graduation, he entered the Air Force during the Korean War, and was stationed in Newfoundland until the war's end. After the war, he transferred to a base near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania where he met the love of his life, Ruth Novick. They were married in the Catholic church in September of 1952, and then he was transferred to Wyoming. After 4 years of service, he was honorarily discharged, and took a job inspecting bridges in New Jersey. One day while he was at work, Ruth saw him walking on a narrow beam, and insisted that he quit.
They picked up and moved to Baker City where they raised four children, Theresa, Robert, Jr., Susan and James. He worked for Standard Oil as an Assistant Manager until he got multiple sclerosis. After it went into remission, he got a job as a patrolman and worked his way up to lieutenant-detective and acting Chief of Police in Baker City.
He later took a job with US Bank which took him to Roseburg, Medford, and finally Hillsboro where he retired as an assistant Vice-President of the Installment Loan Department. Bob and Ruth purchased their dream home in Hillsboro forty-seven years ago, and enjoyed their final years there in their beautiful neighborhood.
Bob was the backbone of the Rapp Family, and is survived by three children, thirteen grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren. Bob was known to be an extremely kind, gentle and generous soul. He was dedicated to his church and family while spreading joy and love throughout the community. Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Bob knew him to be a gracious and faithful man with a wonderfully funny sense of humor. Bob was a pillar of the community. Always leading by example, and by loving everyone around him, he brought a smile and a sense of happiness to anyone he encountered. He was well-known as a 'pool shark' amongst his Mesa Regal retirement community in Arizona, winning a medal in the Senior Olympics for billiards.
Bob is with the Lord and his sweet "Ruthie" for eternity.