The Rev. Stanley Rapp, 86, of Loda, peacefully passed away at 8:00 pm Friday December 11, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Visitation for Stanley will be held 10:00 am - 11:00 am Saturday July 24, 2021 at the Living Word Church in Roberts followed by A Celebration of Life Service at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Melvin Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Melvin-Roberts Fire and Rescue.
Stanley was born July 20, 1934 in Cambridge, Illinois a son of Conrad and Goldia Rosene Rapp. He married Lois Nelson on February 9, 1958 in Paloma, Illinois. They have been married sixty-two years. Lois survives in Loda. Also, surviving are his children Tammy (Ed) Kendrick of Melvin and Mark (Rhonda) Rapp of Galesburg. Six grandchildren- Tom Rapp, Jessica Rapp, Erika Kendrick, Rachel (Johnny) Stewart, Joseph (Carole) Kendrick and Jonathan Kendrick and one great granddaughter. A sister- Rebecca Rapp of Boston, Massachusetts. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
He attended Macmurray College and Western Illinois University and received his Masters of Divinity from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Rev. Stanley Rapp began his ministry in June 1957. He ministered in many churches including Geneseo, Paloma, Melrose Chapel, Concord, Arenzville, Little York, Canton, Altona, Melvin, Fairview Center, Fairbury, Roberts and Thawville. He retired in June of 2001 for a short time and continued to serve until June of 2020. He loved gardening and had a beautiful flower garden.