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home : obituaries : local obituaries September 21, 2017


8/30/2017 9:49:00 AM
Donald Hugh Reap
Oct. 28, 1927 - Aug. 28, 2017

Donald Hugh Reap entered this fantastic world on Oct. 28, 1927, around or about 1 a.m. and his proud parents were Arthur and Elizabeth (Spellman) Reap. Born at home in a little hamlet called Malvern, Ill. in Whiteside County, Ill. he joined three brothers and three sisters; half-brother Clarence and a half-sister Francis, Charles and Edward "Ted", Arlene and Mary. After his birth he was joined by three other sisters, Agnes, Kathryn, and Beverly, who died after living for about 45 days. All of his siblings are deceased.

On August 28, 2017 the Angels came and took him by his hands and told him that it was time to join his loved ones and friends in the paradise called Heaven.

Survivors include the love of his life, Dorothy Ann (Libberton); a daughter, who resides in Tipton, Susan Forkner and husband Michael; two sons, Michael, who resides in Miami, and Patrick, who resides in Orlando, Fla.; five grandchildren, Brian Reap, Jessica Forkner, Leanna Forkner, Robert Forkner, and David Forkner and wife Tiffany; three great-granddaughters, Ashlynn and Braylan Reap, and Rosemary Forkner.

His family moved to Mt. Carroll, Ill. when he was in fourth grade and resided there until he enlisted (5/46) in the Army Air Force which later became the U.S. Air Force. After three years of duty he was discharged (5/49) with the rank of Sergeant and enrolled at Carthage College, Carthage, Ill.. During his time at Carthage, he married the love of his life, Dorothy on Dec. 30, 1950, and at the time of his passing they had been married for 66 years. Upon graduation from Carthage (6/53) he started his YMCA career at Keokuk, Iowa YMCA as its Program and Physical Director. His YMCA career journey led him to the Milwaukee Metropolitan YMCA, Kosciusko Community YMCA in Warsaw, and then to join the staff of the State YMCA of Indiana and later to the Indianapolis Metropolitan YMCA. In April of 1971 he resigned his position at the Indianapolis Association and became a sales representative for Picker International X-Ray Company and enjoyed an exceptional 22 year career and retired at age 65 as their Sr. Account Executive.

Retirement was not long for him as he soon became a security employee "yellow shirt' at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, an Executive for Mustard Seed in Tipton, an usher supervisor for the Indianapolis Colts, and after submitting his college transcript, became a substitute teacher. He enjoyed substituting at Tipton and Hamilton Heights. He substituted so often for Hamilton Heights that he ended up subbing only at Heights and truly enjoyed 20 years as their substitute teacher. His love and patience for the students and their love and patience for him was a mutual understanding. Working with young people and enjoying their enthusiasm was a tremendous experience and helped him to stay young while growing older.

He excelled in athletics as he played basketball, football, and track in high school, in the U.S. Air Force at Scott Field and at Carthage College. Also he played a lot of racquetball, hand ball, and had a great passion for golf.

He was very active in the United Methodist Church in communities in which he resided and became a Certified Lay Speaker which enabled him to serve the pulpit in many churches. He especially enjoyed preaching at his home Methodist Church in Mt. Carroll, Ill. and at the Episcopal Methodist Church in Kempton, and Kemp United Methodist Church in Tipton. When they resided in Indianapolis, Indiana he was very active in the Lawrence Methodist Church serving in the various capacities as Administrative Board Chairperson, Lay Leader, Lay Speaker, and Church School Superintendent plus serving their pulpit on several occasions.

He, now as of August 28, 2017, has entered into Eternity and is being escorted by the Angels. He is looking with much anticipation in meeting Jesus. For his Love for our Lord and Savior Jesus is abundant and overflowing.

So to all my loved ones and friends, don't be sad for I've had a tremendous journey with a wonderful lovely wife and family and now it's time for me to meet my creator.

Funeral services are scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at the Kemp United Methodist Church in Tipton, with Pastor Gary Eberhart presiding. Visitation is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at the church. After cremation, burial will follow in Mt. Carroll at a later date. Young-Nichols Funeral Home, Tipton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to either the Kemp United Methodist Church, 228 N. Main St., Tipton, IN, 46072 or the Mt. Carroll Methodist Church, 216 S. Main St., Mt Carroll, IL, 61053.







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