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Larry O. Rappe, a 67 year old Marine from Pensacola, FL, completed his service on October 21, 2017.
Born in Butler, PA on November 16, 1949, Larry grew up in Ashtabula, OH. Upon graduation from Ashtabula High School, he deployed to Vietnam with the US Marine Corps, where he served his country honorably and earned a Purple Heart. Larry was alumni of St. Leo College, The University of West Florida and Florida State University. After 10 years of working with troubled youth with the Eckerd Family Youth Alternatives, he began his career with the Pensacola Vet Center where he retired after 26 years of passionate service to Veterans. He was honored to become the third recipient of the Col. George E. Bud Day Lifetime Achievement Award.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Al and Bert Rappe; brother, Gary Rappe; his sisters, Darla Minnick and Donna Hinds.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Paula Rappe; son, Aaron Graeb (Vanessa); daughter, Amanda Guthrie (Jacob); and son, Charles Rappe; his sisters, Shirley (Anton) Holland and Marilyn Scott; a brother, Kenneth Rape; as well as numerous loved nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorial Service will be held 12:00noon Monday, October 30, 2017 at Perdido Bay United Methodist Church, Pensacola, FL followed by a Committal Service at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, FL at 1:30pm, with full Marine Honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Perdido Bay United Methodist Church for their disaster relief fund.
Larrys family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to Dr. Michael Houston and his family, as well as the Patriot Guard for assisting in the escort of Larry to his final resting place.
Welcome home Marine, we will take it from here.
Published on October 25, 2017
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