Donald Paul Rapp
DONALD PAUL RAPP, 70, of Fort Wayne, died Sunday, May 27, 2007, 8:10 p.m., at Heritage park Nursing Home. Born Dec. 1, 1936, in Johnstown, Pa., he was a graduate of Ohio State University. He worked in Data Processing/ Information Systems for 42 years. He was an avid history buff and enjoyed model making, aviation and painting figures. During his later years he enjoyed mentoring troubled high school students. Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Dorothy E. (Zeunges) Rapp of Fort Wayne; daughters, Dawn Ellen Northern of Puyallup, Wash., Diana Lee Prebenda of Lebanon, Ohio, Dorothy Jean Bruce of Brookville, Ky., and Dana Jennifer Netting of Fort Wayne; sons, Dean Allen Rapp and Capt. Douglas C. Rapp, both of Fort Wayne; brothers, Earnest and Charles Rapp of Pittsburgh, Pa.; 20 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son, Donald Paul Rapp Jr. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Friday at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Wayne Street Chapel, 420 W. Wayne St. The Rev. Kyle Detmers officiating. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials to Big Brothers & Big Sisters, 2439 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne, IN 46807.
Published by Fort Wayne Newspapers on May 30, 2007.
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I've just recently found out about Don's passing. I'm so sorry for your loss. Don was truly a one-of-a-kind individual. He was a delight to know and I very much enjoyed working with him. Best wishes to you and yours, our prayers (however belated) are with you.
Chuck Kallenbach
May 14, 2008
Jim & I cherish the times we shared over the years with Don, Dot, and family in both Ft Wayne (Sevier's, NWTA, & 2NC) and later in southern Ohio. Regretfully, we got together too seldom while you lived in Lebanon. It was fitting somehow that we learned of Don's passing through a mutual friend at "Friendship" several weeks after the fact. Would love to reconnect with Dorothy.
Linda Stark
April 24, 2008
I met Don at a convention (possibly in South Bend) when I was doing a lot of roleplaying in my teens in the late 70s/early 80s. He was an interesting guy - very personable, took me seriously, and, in fact, sold me his mounted map of the Traveller Imperium and neighboring extents, back when that map was really new - I had never seen it before, and was a bit drooly over it. I displayed it prominently for many years after that. Now, after living here in Fort Wayne for almost five years, I've only just come across word of his death, and I wish I'd been able to connect with him again before his passing.
Ian McKinney
October 3, 2007
Dear Dorothy and Family,
I enjoyed working with Don at Airborne and missed him after he left. We enjoyed the times he was able to have lunch with us.
And I will definitely think of Don every time I get out the "Old Stone Fort" or see one of the CAF planes or see something out of the blue that will remind me of him.
Don was one of a kind and will certainly be missed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Cal Westray
June 11, 2007
I still have my copy of The Old Stone Fort. Thanks for the hours of pleasure it brought.
David Nichols
June 8, 2007
Dean, Jenn,
Ann and I were so very sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. Though time has gone by, we still keep all of the fond memories from all the great times we shared at reenactments. You and your family are in our prayers. May you find the peace and strength you need. Please contact me when you have time. Ann has been trying to find Jenn. Take care.
Ken Vallier
June 7, 2007
To the Rapp Family:

It seems like a "long time ago and in a galaxy far away" that I had the fortune to meet Don and his family- I always enjoyed his humor and company - he was one of the best.

Have a glass in his memory - one more sad chorus of the Parting Glass
Greg Novak
June 7, 2007
Donald's book Old Stone Fort was one of the first gaming books I ever bought and played. I enjoyed it immensely, thanks Donald! I wish his family all the best in their time of grief.
Jayna Longenbaugh
June 6, 2007
father don i love you with all my heart and i will miss you dearly. you were like a father to me.
anna vagedes
June 4, 2007
Don was a creative guy and He was interesting to game with. I had the good fortune of gaming Traveller with him in the very early stages of my own gaming life back in 1979.
I can still hear him saying to me as His character put a laser pistol behind my ear: "Whatever you're going to say,make it good...They're your last words". He didn't shoot me though,He was just that kinda guy!
Rest in peace Don.
John Ade
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John Ade
June 4, 2007
My heart is with the entire Rapp family, in this surreal and difficult time. As a young former Sandridger who ran for NWTA commander, Don was a tremendous support, even in my defeat. I have great memories of him from those NWTA days, and like the memories of my own father, I will cherish these memories always. I suspect the MajorbyGod and my Dad are enjoying great stories together now.(Tiffy)
Stephanie Speakman
May 31, 2007
Lots of memories of lots of laughing, telling tales around the campfire and trying to keep our boys in check while at reenactments. May memories such as these sustain you all. My love to you, Dorothy and family.
Hazel Dickfoss
May 31, 2007
I am so glad that Don made it back for pentacon last year. It was great to see him one last time before he moved on to pave the way for the rest of us to follow.

{{{{{{ hugs }}}}}}

to Jen, Don, Doug and the rest, and of course to Dottie who always welcomed us into her home so many times.
Mike D
May 31, 2007
My favorite story about The Major By God occurred at the Feast in about 1980 or '81. We were new to the North West Territory Alliance at the time and it was probably our first or second time at the Feast Of The Hunters' Moon. We had vacationed in the east about a year earlier and had purchased a 24-pound cannon ball as a souvenir. I took the ball to the feast, rolled it around in the Wabash river, and was carrying it back to camp when I encountered Don. He asked about the ball, I told him what I had done, and said I now had a "Wabashed Cannon Ball." Don stopped in his tracks, backed up about six feet, then took a wide track around the likes of me!
Frank & Judy Wicker
May 30, 2007
Of all the People that have been in my life, I credit Donald Rapp at the top of my list as a Honorable Friend and a mentor. He helped me to learn how precious Life is and how we must Enjoy, Share and Embrace it and those we Love and Respect. Don you will be missed and thought of often. Safe journal Good Sir You are at Peace.
Darryl Poindexter
May 30, 2007
My brother and I hold the entire Rapp tightly in our thoughts and our prayers. I grew up with Don as a pillar of my extended family and will deeply miss him as will all of the young people who grew up with him as an adopted father or uncle.
I send my condolences from the entire 42nd Royal Highland Regiment (NWTA). We know that you are now happily sitting around that great camp fire with all those we love who have gone before.
Rosie and Willie Hamilton
Rose Hamilton
May 30, 2007
So sorry to read of Don's passing. He was a marvelous fellow and I enjoyed being around him and sharing some of his passions. I can still see him at the Old Fort in my mind's eye. He was a fine friend for many years.
Lou Bloom
May 30, 2007
I will always remember the silly stuff that we did as reenactors. For example, the time The Major was forced to capitulate to a then-drum corporal of the 42nd Royal Highlanders at the First Annual Battle of Castleton at Hillsdale Nursery during the Rose Festival in 1981.

Our thoughts are with all the Rapp family in their time of suffering.

Here's the Parting Glass to ye, Major!
Gene Clevinger (Katie Forbes' husband)
May 30, 2007
Dottie: We are thinking of you and family and hope to see you soon
Chuck & Mary Jo
Charles Spence
May 30, 2007
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead. I will always have fond memories of The Major by God aka Daddy Rapp

With much love,
Katie (Forbes) Clevinger
May 30, 2007
i love you so much father don. your missed very very much. but we know your in a better place with your son and your father. the family is all right here and we're thinking about you. i love you.
Sarah Prebenda
May 30, 2007
Dorothy and all - you are in my thoughts and prayers. You will be missed "Daddy Don". Love, Widget
Judy Gill
May 30, 2007
Jen, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Becky Coar
May 30, 2007
Jenn & family
You and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. All of our love to you.
Christy Etter
May 30, 2007
Dear Rapp Family:
Our sympathies are with you. Worked the Feast with Don for about 10 years in addition to gaming. Fine gentleman.
Norris Darrall
May 30, 2007
So sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was well regarded in the gaming community and we all respected him for being instrumental in starting the first PentaCon. He will be greatly missed.
Lisa Adams
May 30, 2007
Jennifer & family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
You are in our prayers..
Shelly Oneil
May 30, 2007
You will be missed.
cynthia Melville
May 30, 2007
You'll be missed. Thank you for NIGA and PentaCon.
Rex Joyner
May 30, 2007
Dear Dorothy and Family,

Very sorry to hear about Don's passing. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.
Dennis Hammer
May 30, 2007
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