Henry Reap

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SMETHPORT - Henry Gerard "Hank" Reap, 80, of Smethport, passed away on Wednesday evening (Nov. 13, 2013) at his home surrounded by his family. 
Born June 7, 1933, in Plains, he was the son of the late Gerard and Caroline Weber Reap. On June 18, 1960, he married Bernadine Franco Reap, who survives. 
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three children, Karen Reap (Carol), TJ Reap (Maria), and Liz Reap Carlson (Lath). Also surviving are three grandchildren, Madeline Reap, Ivan Reap and Livia Carlson.
Hank was a 1951 graduate of Plains Memorial High School, attending Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School and Wilkes College before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force on April 1, 1953. He was stationed at Wethersfield RAF Station in Essex, England for three years and worked in special weapons. While there, he played on the base football team, which played charity games in Belfast, Ireland, Edinboro, Scotland and Rabat, French Morocco. He was named to the All UK Team and USAFE (USAF in Europe) Team.
He graduated from Mansfield State Teachers College in 1961 with a degree in education. He played football there and was named to three honor fraternities (Sigma Zeta, Phi Sigma Pi and Kappa Delta Pi). He taught mathematics at Smethport area schools from 1961 to 1993. In addition to teaching, he started the golf program in 1963 and coached football, basketball and golf. 
Mr. Reap was a member of the American Legion; John Berg Post #976 of Crosby, the Big 30 Committee, Smethport Country Club, St. Elizabeth Church, and served as chairman of the Smethport Borough Authority for many years. Hank was an avid golfer and the founder of The Smethport Invitational. In addition to golfing, he enjoyed reading, hunting, gardening and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. 
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Elizabeth Church, Smethport with the Rev. Vincent P. Cieslewicz, pastor, as celebrant. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion; John Berg Post #976 of Crosby after Mass at church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hamlin Memorial Library; American Legion; John Berg Post #976 of Crosby Building Fund; and the St. Elizabeth Building Fund.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.
Online condolences can be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com
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Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc.
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Smethport, PA 16749
(814) 887-5565
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Published in The Bradford Era from Nov. 15 to Nov. 22, 2013
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