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Aleck Rapavy
Cold Brook
Aleck Rapavy, 89, formerly of Military Road, passed away peacefully on February 13, 2013, at the Folts Home, Herkimer, with his family at his side.
Mr. Rapavy was born on July 2, 1923, in the Town of Greig, a son of late John and Anna (Slivka) Rapavy. Aleck received his education in Glenfield and served in the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1940 to 1941. In 1943, he entered the U.S. Army Air Corps and served with the 864th Bombardment Squadron during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946 at the rank of Sergeant. On May 12, 1947, Aleck was united in marriage with Josephine M. O'Connor in Honesdale, PA. From 1946 to 1953, he served an additional three years in the U.S. Army Reserves and three more in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, from where he was honorably discharged at the rank of Airman First Class. Aleck successfully completed instruction courses at the Utica Aviation School for both private and commercial pilot certifications. In earlier years, he worked for the former Savage Arms and Horrick-Ibbotson Companies in Utica. Mr. Rapavy retired in 1982 from the former Chicago Pneumatic in Utica, following 20 years of employment. Josephine preceded him in death on April 1, 1985.
Aleck was a member of St. John's Church, Newport. He was also a 50 year member of Adirondack Post #1118 American Legion, Cold Brook, and a Life Member of Stars and Stripes Chapter #82 DAV, Utica. As an avid hunter and fisherman, he enjoyed the time he spent hunting with his sons-in-law. He was a kind man and affectionately known as the "Boss".
Survivors include two sons, Richard Rapavi and his wife, Suki, of IL, and Wayne Rapavi and his wife, Cathy, of VA; three daughters, Geraldine Jenkins and her husband, Robert, of Cold Brook, Jane Burns and her husband, Roger, of Cold Brook, and Joan Yoworski, of St. Johnsville; three sisters, Anna Scheurman, of Rochester, Eva King and her husband, Larry, of Schuyler, and Pauline Stemmer, of Rochester; a sister-in-law, Millie Rapavy, of VA; 9 grandchildren, Joseph, Keri, Kris, Tanya, Tara, Tim, Nicole, Austin and Derek; several great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a special family friend, Dale Yoworski, who loved his "Pops". Aleck was predeceased by five brothers, George, Peter, Paul, Mike and Andrew Rapavy; one sister, Mary Powers; and a granddaughter, Lisa.
Funeral services will be held at the Autenrith Funeral Home, Newport, on Monday at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Quy Vo, Pastor of St. John's Church, and Rev. Cathy Lee, Folts Home Chaplain, co-officiating. Spring interment with military honors will take place in St. John's Cemetery, Newport. Calling hours at the funeral home are Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kuyahoora Valley Food Pantry as Aleck was always helping others in need. Envelopes are available at the funeral home for this purpose.
Aleck's family would like to thank everyone that touched "Dad's" life throughout the years. The kindness and caring shown to him and his family for the past 4 1/2 years by the staff at the Folts Home was exceptional. They are all truly Angels.
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Feb. 14 to Feb. 15, 2013
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