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Robert Bappe, 81 - June 17, 2009


Robert E. Bappe, 81, of Lexington died Sunday, June 14, 2009, at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit.
A visitation will be held Thursday, June 18, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home at Lexington.
Services will be held on Friday, June 19, at 10:30 a.m. at the Evangelical Free Church of Lexington with the Rev. Duane Russell officiating. Burial with military honors will take place at the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.
Bappe was born March 26, 1928, at Mallard, IA, to Charles Everett and Mildred Marie (Peterson) Bappe. He grew up in the Ames, IA, area where he graduated in 1946 from Ames High School, where he played on the state championship football team.
Following graduation, he served his country in the United States Army from May 31, 1946, to May 31, 1949, serving overseas in the Aleutian Islands.
Upon his discharge, he returned to the United States where he went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad and moved to Lexington. He made Lexington his home because of his love for the beautiful Platte River and meeting his future bride, according to family members.
Bappe was united in marriage to Norma Jean Henderson on Sept. 29, 1953, at the United Methodist Church in Lexington. To this union, two sons were born.
He continued his work for the railroad as a telegrapher clerk, and for the United States Postal Service as a letter carrier. He also worked several second jobs at different times including Mead Lumber, Texaco Bulk plant, the REA Express, and helped several area farmers until retiring in March of 1990. Even though retiring, he still helped farm when he was needed.
?Bappe enjoyed teaching his sons to hunt and fish, and he loved the outdoors, said family members. He had many talents including mechanic and carpentry skills. He also enjoyed gathering wood, reading, playing cards, having coffee with friends and his four-mile walk, according to family members.
He was a member of the Evangelical Free Church, Duck’s Unlimited, AARP, NRA, Pony Express Ramrodders, the American Legion, VFW and Heartland Military Museum.
Bappe was preceded in death by: his parents, Charles and Mildred; a brother-in-law, Bob Danielson.
Survivors include: his wife, Norma Bappe of Lexington; his two sons—Michael (Sandy) Bappe of Cozad, and Mark (Becky) Bappe of Pavillion, WY; two brothers—Dale (Nina) Bappe of Marion, IA, and Don (Bonnie) Bappe of Ames; a sister, Joan Danielsen of Rock Island, IL; four grandchildren—Shane (Ruby) Bappe of Lincoln, Amy (Blaine) Lauby of Kearney, and Bethany and Luke Bappe of Pavillion; two great-grandsons—Damian and Ethan of Lincoln; many nieces, nephews and other relatives; his companion and pet, Skippy.
Memorials are suggested to the Evangelical Free Church and the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

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