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.