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Victor Max Rapp


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Victor Max Rapp

Victor Max Rapp of Orange City, Florida, was born on December 23, 1929. He departed this life on October 24, 2016. He was the son of Earl and Iva Rapp of Marionville, Missouri.

Vic graduated from Greenwood High School in Springfield, Missouri in 1947, and married Carol Lu Irby on July 14, 1951, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Not many people get to live their lives doing what they love, but Vic did. His life's passion was football. After attending SMSU and receiving a degree at the University of Arkansas, he coached high school teams in Missouri, obtained a graduate degree and coached at the University of Arizona, and then was hired as assistant coach at Mizzou under Dan Devine. After leaving Mizzou, he moved to the Canadian Football League, and was with the Edmonton Eskimos, going to The Grey Cup four times, and winning it in 1975. He was then head coach for the British Columbia Lions until 1982, where he won coach of the year, and was also inducted into The Wall of Fame. After BC, he headed to the NFL and coached with the L.A. Rams, Houston Oilers, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay, Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, and Philadelphia Eagles. He also coached in Germany. Vic and Carol had an interesting life and had many friends in the football community. On retirement they moved to DeBary, Florida.

Vic was a devoted Christian and met his wife at a District Methodist Youth Fellowship meeting. He belonged to the Community United Methodist Church in DeBary, Florida.

Vic was preceded in death by his wife Carol, his parents, a sister, Virginia Smith, three brothers-in-law, Eddie Gold, Don Bassore, Gene Smith, and nephew David Bassore.

He is survived by his three daughters, Marla (Scott) Rivera, Paula (Peter) Learn and Rhonda (Bill) Olafson, along with six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Betty Bassore of Marionville, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Gloria Gold, and Linda (Tom) Rauch of Aurora, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service for Vic will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at the Aurora United Methodist Church, with burial to follow at the Maple Park Cemetery in Aurora, Missouri, under the direction of the Crafton Cantrell Funeral Home of Aurora.

Online condolence may be shared at www.CraftonCantrellFuneralHome.com.
Published in the News-Leader on Oct. 28, 2016
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