MORTON - Henry W. Rapp Jr., 90, of Morton passed away at 7:40 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton.
He was born Feb. 15, 1923, in Morton to Henry W. and Anna M. (Kuebler) Rapp. He married Bernice A. Rinkenberger on Jan. 16, 1944, in Peoria. She survives.
Also surviving are one son, Stephen (Jeanne) Rapp of Tega Cay, S.C.; two daughters, Barbara (Jim) Cardwell of Chevy Chase, Md., and Sally (David) Zwanzig of Morton; one daughter-in-law, Sara Rapp of Morton; eight grandchildren, Michael (Cindy) Rapp of Tega Cay, S.C., Katie (Ryan) Walcott of Wake Forest, N.C., Allison Rapp of Morton, Owen and Julia Cardwell, both of Chevy Chase, Md., Barbara (David) Bender of Eureka, Caleb Zwanzig of Denver, Colo., and Joanna Zwanzig of Morton; 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, Howard (Delores) Rapp of Morton; and one sister-in-law, Ruth Rapp of Glendale, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Philip Rapp; and one brother, Richard.
Henry served with the United States Army and was a veteran of World War II. He retired as a colonel from the Army Reserves after 35 years of service.
He was a graduate of the University of Illinois, with a degree in ceramic engineering, and began the Morton Ceramic Tile Co. in 1956. He was president of the Morton Pottery Co. in 1966 until both companies were sold in 1969. He then joined the staff of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, serving as an administrative assistant to the dean until retiring in 1988 as physical plant director.
He had a strong interest in the civic activities of his hometown, serving 16 years on the planning commission and 12 years as village trustee. While serving as president of the Morton Chamber of Commerce, he brought about the referendum that established the Morton Park District. He also was a charter member of the Morton Rotary Club.
Henry was a devout and faithful servant. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who loved his family and will be greatly missed.
He was a member of Morton Apostolic Christian Church, where services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, with church ministers officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton, and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at the church. Burial will be in the Morton Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Apostolic Christian Restmor or to Apostolic Christian Counseling and Family Services, both in Morton.
To view Henry's video tribute or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.knappjohnson.com.