Glen W. Lappen, Kaukauna. age 85, passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2013, surrounded by his family at St. Paul Elder Services after a brave battle with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Glen was born on November 27, 1927 in Kaukauna, the son of the late Joseph and Alma (Borree) Lappen. After graduating from Kaukauna High School in 1945, Glen enlisted in the Navy from 1945 - 1947. He served and participated in "Operations Crossroads Atomic Bomb Testing" in the Marshall Islands. Glen served his country proudly and was proud to be a Navy Veteran. Glen was employed at Thilmany Paper Mill for over 40 years until his retirement. In his retirement years he loved to take care of all of his grandchildren. They became the light of his life! He also enjoyed the addition of his lake home at Legend Lake where he could fix more things, relax on his pontoon boat, fishing, and eating Cheetos surrounded by his best fur friends; Maggie and DJ. Glen was a very faith filled man and an active member of St. Aloysius parish for many years. He was happiest with a dog at his side and a baby to rock on his lap!
Glen met and married the "love of his life", Patricia (Taylor) Lappen on October 6, 1951 in Kaukauna, she survives. From that marriage came 4 children (all whom survive him today): son: Tom (Mary) and their 2 daughters: Rebecca, Appleton and Elizabeth, Pennsylvania; twin daughters: Kay (Michel) DeYoung, Appleton, WI and her 2 sons: Matthew Verhagen, Appleton and Joshua Verhagen, Kaukauna; Karen (Dean) Sinclair, Jackson, WI and their 2 daughters: Lieza Sinclair, Kaukauna and Lauren (Nate) Evans, Milwaukee; son, Tim (Michelle Neeck) Lappen and their daughter; Chloe Lappen, Appleton; great-grandchildren: Elijah (Buddy) Sinclair, twins: Faith and Will Evans, Audrey Evans and Nahla Sinclair. Glen is further survived by his brother Bill (Ellen) Lappen, Oconto Falls, WI; 2 brothers-in-law: William (Branca) Taylor, Littleton, CO and Richard (Marge) Taylor; sister-in-law: Mary (Taylor) and Carl Engerson, Mobile, AL; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his: parents, 2 brothers and a sister-in-law, Robert, Don (Mary) Lappen, mother-in-law and father-in-law, Marie Taylor McGinnis and Lyle McGinnis.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at ST. KATHARINE DREXEL PARISH at ST. ALOYSIUS CHURCH, 2401 Main Ave., Kaukauna with Fr. Jerry Pastors officiating. Friends will be received at church from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established. Full Military Rites will be conducted outside of church immediately following the service by VFW Post 3319. www.boettcherfamilyfuneral.com
Glen's family would like to thank the staff at the St. Paul Elder Services along with the Hospice team; especially those in Appletree Court and Poppy Path; for their excellent care, love and concern shown during his stay! They treated him with dignity and compassion during the hardest battle of his life! Thank you so much…you made a very difficult time so much easier for his family! We will be forever grateful for easing him into his next journey in life.
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on June 22, 2013