WILLIAM LEE RAPOLE
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William Lee Rapole, 69, of Hopewell, VA, departed the earth on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Born in Newton, NJ, he was the son of Shirley Lorraine Bath Rapole and the late William Frank Rapole. Lee served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War as a proud member of the Seabees MCB 121. Following his military service, he made a career in the construction business and was the owner of Lee Rapole Construction until his retirement. He was a member of VFW Post 637 and American Legion Post 146.

Lee is survived by his wife, Lovena Baldwin Rapole; daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Kenny Lyons of Spotsylvania, VA, and their son Zane; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Wendy Rapole of Keysville, VA, and their children, Alyssa Rapole and Hunter Rapole; granddaughter, Morgan Ownby; daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Joe Clayton of Powhatan, VA, and their daughter, Ashdin Clayton; daughter, Meggon Rapole of Savannah, GA; step-son, Nelson Harrison of Cartersville, VA; step-son and daughter-in-law, Page and Angela Harrison, and their son, Robert Harrison; his mother, Shirley Rapole of Manasas, VA; sister and brother-in-law, Sheila Geisert and the late Roy Geisert of White Plains, MD; niece, Christina Geisert and husband, Liam Bresnahan, and their sons, Callum and Ian; nephew, Andrew Geisert and wife, Stacy; brother, Robert Rapole and wife, Debbie of Bristow, VA; niece, Sarah Echevarria and husband, Alex, and their daughter, Lenci; nephew, Ryan Rapole; dear friends, Paul and Sandy Stokes and the Lake Chesdin family at Whippernock Marina.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2018, at the Hopewell Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at 1:00 p.m. Interment with military funeral honors will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Center Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 1542 Anderson Highway, Cumberland, VA 23040. Donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517. Condolences may be registered at www.jtmorriss.com.

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Published in The Progress-Index from Jun. 1 to Jun. 2, 2018.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
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Hopewell Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home
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Hopewell Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home
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June 11, 2018
I remember all the good times at FHS RIP.
My prayers our with you and your family

Stephen Peacock
June 4, 2018
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Skip Ford
June 3, 2018
To the Rapole Family,
I'm sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories and learned a lot from Mr, Rapole when he taught 4-H woodworking in Branchville in the mid 70's,
Jeff Risdon
June 2, 2018
John Dennis
June 2, 2018
Deepest sympathy to the Rapole family at the loss of Lee. May you find comfort in memories and the loving support of family and friends.
Beth Beemer Howering
June 1, 2018
Linda Vance
June 1, 2018
Linda Vance
June 1, 2018
Dear Lee Rapole Family,

I am terribly sorry to hear about the loss of Lee. Lee was a high school classmate of mine and I remember him as being this funny guy who liked to tease. He had this wonderful smile and had been known to write with a ball point pen on my new yellow dress, much to my dismay. He boasted of this act at our 50th year class reunion. Still the same Lee that I had remembered.

I hope you take proud of his service to his country. Serving two tours in Vietnam was not an easy thing to do and the attitude back then was not that thankful to Veterans.

I want you all to know that there were a lot of classmates that were notified of Lee's situation the night before he passed. A lot of them were sending prayers for a comfortable passage to heaven for him; and they were praying for strength for you, his family at this difficult time. I hope you find peace and comfort in your memories of him. May God Bless you all; and may Lee Rest in Peace.

Sincerely,

Bonnie (Predmore) Matters
FHS Class of 1967
June 1, 2018
Sorry to hear about Rapole- I served with him in MCB 121, 1969/1970 in VietNam
George List
June 1, 2018
Lovena and family we are so sorry to hear of Lee's passing. He was a great guy, good friend and my Seabee brother . He will be missed by all. We pray that the good Lord will wrap his arms around you at this time and give you strength and guidance . Lee Rest In Peace my Seabee Brother . We have the watch. May you always have the wind at your back and following seas. Until we meet again.
Mike Hyneman Sr
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