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Edwin Trapp Jr. Obituary
Trapp, Jr., Edwin A. Edwin A. Trapp, Jr. died 12th, February, 2014 and was called to his eternal home after an 8 year struggle with the rare Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD) disease. He was born February 20, 1931, the only son of Edwin and Marianette Trapp in Chicago, Illinois. Baptized on June 28, 1931. Predeceased by his only sister Marianette Bayley. After elementary and high school in Chicago, he attended two years at Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois, where he was later to become Trustee Emeritus of the college after serving 21 years on the Monmouth College Board of Trustees, founded The Trapp Chair of Business Management and received an honorary Doctor of Law degree. He was graduated from the University of Wisconsin, followed by study at Stanford University and was a graduate of the UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Program. Throughout his academic years he was very active in student government, musical theater, forensics and water sports. He was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity. During his early professional career, he continued to actively perform in dramatic and musical productions and several years as a compensated church soloist. After 17 years of sales and marketing management with General Electric, Motorola and DuCommin, he came to Dallas in 1970 as the President and a Director of Hall-Mark Electronics Corp. During his fifteen year tenure, Hall-Mark Electronics Corp. grew from a small regional company into a national leader of electronic component distribution. In 1981, the company was acquired by The Tyler Corp. and he retired in 1985 to focus on lay leadership in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and world travel. As a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Dallas, he served in many positions, including President, Elders Chairman, Church Council, Bible study leader and choir. He served on several Boards of the LCMS Texas District, including Board of Directors. He served nine years as Chairman of the President's Advisory Council at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. He also served 12 years on the National LCMS Board of Directors and nine years as Chairman of the Board of Human Care and World Relief. He also had an ardent leadership commitment and involvement, including several major capital campaigns with Lutheran Social Services, Disciples of the Way Ministries and Dallas Lutheran School. With a strong motivation to see the world and its people, he traveled to all seven continents and over 140 sovereign nations and all 50 United States, many more than once. Throughout his life, his ardent passion was people relationships and his strong tenet in his professional and personal life was that "People are Important." Ed will always be remembered by family, friends and acquaintances for His love and commitment to God, his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and his fellow man. He will be remembered during his earthly journey of faith as a CHRISTIAN, CHURCHMAN, CORPORATE EXECUTIVE, WORLD TRAVELER, but foremost, a TRUE FRIEND and BROTHER IN CHRIST. Visitation will be on Sunday, February 16th and Monday, February 17th, 2014 from 6:30PM-8:30PM at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas. Private interment followed by a Memorial/Victory Celebration on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 7611 Park Lane, Dallas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lutheran Social Services, Disciples of the Way Ministries or Dallas Lutheran School.


Published in Dallas Morning News from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, 2014
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