Donald L. Rapaway, 76
March 19, 1936 - March 15, 2013
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Church of St. Peter in St. Cloud for Donald L. Rapaway, who passed away peacefully at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Rev. Alan Wielinski will officiate and interment will be in Assumption Cemetery, St. Cloud. Relatives and friends may call from 6 to 8 pm Wednesday March 20, 2013 at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, St. Cloud, and also after 10:00 am Thursday at the church.
Don was born in Rauch, Minnesota to John and Mary (Terebenet) Rapaway. He married Ramona Town, September 5, 1959 in St. Thomas Catholic Church, International Falls, Minnesota. After graduating from International Falls High School, Don attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis graduating with a degree in machine & tool technology. He then attended the University of Minnesota, and worked at the U of M research & development while attending classes. After graduating with a teaching degree from the U, Don moved to St. Cloud and taught at the St. Cloud Technical College for over 30 years teaching machine tool technology retiring in 1998.
Don was a member of the Church of St. Peter, the St. Cloud Eagles Aerie #622 and a life member of the Sauk Rapids Sportsmen's Club. He was active with the Boy scouts as a troop leader and commissioner for many years. His passion was teaching and the love of the outdoors, enjoying hunting, fishing, trapping, bird watching and anything related to nature. He especially enjoyed spending time at his cabin near Motley
Don is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ramona; sons ,Brian (Tina) of St. Cloud, Brent (Jill), of Sartell, Troy (Erica) of St. Cloud; grandchildren, Magen, Daniel, Marissa, Courtney, William, Sarah and Alex. He will be sadly missed by family and friends.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John.
Published in the St. Cloud Times on Mar. 18, 2013