Aaron Rapking

Obituary of Aaron Rapking

Aaron H. Rapking, Jr. passed away at The Pavilions Assisted Living in Plainsboro on December 25, 2012 at the age of 99. Aaron is predeceased by his parents, Aaron and Emma Rapking, brother Morrell and sister Ella Margaret. Aaron is survived by his wife of 67 years, Hortenzia Benchea Rapking (Doll) and by his brother Glenn Rapking of Knoxville, Tennessee. Aaron is lovingly remembered by his five daughters and step-son: Triana Bruso of Galloway Twp, New Jersey; Christine and Frank Cox of Lawrence Twp, New Jersey; Frances and Steve Piesbergen of Florissant, Missouri; Caroline Rapking and David Hemingson of Reston, Virginia; MaryMarie and Frank Quigley of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Michael and Linda Raezer of Tucson, Arizona; grandchildren Kellie, Stephanie, Charles, Sheryl, and Lisa; and great-grandchildren Katelyn, Karoline, Kathryn, and Alana. Born in Pearl City, Illinois on November 4, 1913, Aaron spent nearly seventy years of his life in West Virginia, retiring to Palm Harbor, Florida, and then residing in New Jersey for 13 years at Princeton Windrows. Aaron graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1936 and began teaching high school. Drafted to US Army service in 1941, Aaron served over four years in the Pacific Theater during World War II, earning a Bronze Star. Continuing his military service through the Army Reserves, Aaron proudly retired as a Lt. Colonel. Upon returning from war, Aaron earned a Master's Degree at West Virginia University where he met his wife Hortenzia. Aaron began a successful career in education administration, including positions at the West Virginia Education Association, Kanawha County Board of Education, and culminating in his appointment as Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the State of West Virginia. Throughout his career, he was very involved with the National Association of School Business Officials. Aaron was always active in the Methodist Church, and some of his proudest accomplishments were his various roles at Christ Church United Methodist in Charleston, West Virginia. After his family, he loved cars, trains, flowers, feeding the chipmunks on his deck, and watching the squirrels and birds on the feeders at his Windrows home. A private family memorial service will be held in January at the Princeton United Methodist Church. Memorial donations to the Rapking Family Scholarship Fund may be sent to the Advancement Office, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, WV, 26201.
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