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Milton Rapp

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 U.S. 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 then farmed the Rapp family farm until the present day.

Milton was deeply involved in his church, the 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 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.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, in the Community United Methodist Church, LaMoille, with the Rev. Sangmyung Park officiating. Burial will be in Restland Cemetery, Mendota, with military rites by VFW Post 4079.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the church.

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

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

The Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota, provided the arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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