Eugene Rappold

Eugene Rappold



Eugene W. Rappold, 91, of Sumner died Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner.

Funeral services were held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner with Rev. Joyce Sandberg officiating.

Burial followed at the church cemetery. 

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home, Sumner was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the family for later designation. 

Online condolences may be left at

Eugene William, son of William and Martha (Hoepfner) Rappold, was born Oct. 12, 1926, in rural Fayette County, Iowa. 

He was baptized Dec. 5, 1926, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawkeye and confirmed on April 6, 1941, also at Trinity Lutheran Church. 

Gene received his early education in the rural country schools and graduated from Hawkeye High School.

On Nov. 16, 1947, he was united in marriage with Mae Westendorf at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner. To this union two daughters were born, Jeanine and LuAnn. 

Gene worked for Pennington Supply, Creamery Supplies prior to becoming the owner and operator of the Sumner Locker in 1965. Following owning and operating the Sumner Locker for 18 years, Gene worked at Meadowbrook Country Club in Sumner. 

Gene was a longtime member of St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner, where he was very active; he was president of the Brotherhood and served on the Cemetery Board and was a member of the St. John Couple’s Club. 

In addition to his involvement at St. John, he was also a member of the Light Plant Board, Sumner Volunteer Fire Department and the Community Memorial Hospital Board in Sumner.

Gene was honored in 1998 as the Grand Marshal of the Sumner Days Parade. Gene and Mae were also recognized as the Honeymoon Couple of the Sumner Days Parade in 2010. The couple just celebrated 70 years of marriage this last November.

Gene enjoyed wood-work, square dancing, golfing, horseback riding, and fishing.

In addition to his wife, Mae, of Sumner, Gene is survived by his two daughters, Jeanine (Lloyd) Johnson of Tucson, Ariz., and LuAnn (Steve) Schumacher of Tucson, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Joshua (Lauren) Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo., Angela (Ryan) Minnig of Englewood, Colo., Jennifer (Nick) Rienstra of Tucson, Ariz., and Bradley Schumacher of San Francisco, Calif.; six great-grandchildren, Andrea and Justin Johnson, Catherine and William Minnig, and Nathan and Ella Rienstra; and one nephew, Wayne (Cheryl) Wenthe of Hawkeye.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Melva Wenthe.

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