Richard E. Trapp
Richard E. Trapp - 12/31/31, died peacefully with his wife of 66 years at his side on April 13, 2021. Richard (Dick) was a graduate of St. John's Military Academy and Hillsdale College. He served in the army as a radio repairman, and later joined the George W. Trapp Company, a storm door & window manufacturer started in 1930 by his father, where his innovation and creativity drove a company that spanned three generations. An avid skier into his 80's Richard shared many an apres ski cold beer with friends and family at the bottom of ski areas all over the world. Richard took his family skiing in his motor home every other weekend to Shanty Creek and Sugar Loaf Mountain, where he was on the National Ski Patrol for many years. Richard and his wife Rosemary were world travelers and had many adventures including bungee jumping out of a hot air balloon, tandem skydiving, white water rafting, and flying a fighter jet. Dick Trapp was a regular participant in the Detroit Turkey Trot, Belle Isle 200 bike ride and took his children and grandchildren to the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade and Detroit Fireworks for most of his life. He was active in the community and served on the Board of the Livonia Family Y and Redford Kiwanis. Despite all the world travels and experiences, Dick's favorite moments were those spent at the family cottage, where for over 50 years the family has gathered to celebrate the Fourth of July. Dick appreciated a "rip-snorter" camp fire, a lake view, a cold beer, and good conversation with family, friends (and often friends of friends) about skiing, windsurfing, or anything having to do with chainsaws, tools, or uses for duct tape.
Dick is survived by his adoring wife Rosemary, children Darby (Eland) and Bob, Richard (Rusty) and SallyJo, Bill and Caroline, Andrew and Amy, and grandchildren Logan, LeeAnne, Lauren, Baxter, Michelle, Davis, Lucy, and Will.
Donations can be made in Dick's honor to the National Ski Patrol, at: https://nspserves.org/donate/
A Zoom service will be held on Saturday, April 17th at 4:00pm EST. Contact the family for details.