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OBITUARY

Christopher Kelly Rapp

July 22, 1964May 31, 2019
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Christopher Kelly Rapp, P.E., tragically lost his life on May 31, 2019. A graduate of Green Run High School, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University. Chris continued his education at Virginia Tech earning a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

He started his engineering career at McKinney & Co. in Ashland. Then in Henrico County, he worked at the Dept. of Public Utilities. Next at Caroline County, he started as a Deputy Director and then advanced to Director of Dept. of Public Works. Chris had long tenure as the Director of Powhatan Dept. of Public Works. Later he worked as Director of Public Works for Stafford County and most recently, he held the title of Stormwater Management Regulatory Engineer for the City of Virginia Beach.

Chris was gifted musically and especially loved playing the bagpipes and learning to play the piano. He was a member of the Greater Richmond Pipes & Drums, St. Andrew's Pipes & Drums, and Tidewater Pipes & Drums in Va Beach. He served as Vice-President for the St. Andrew’s Society and the Filipino-American Assoc. of Central Va (FAACV) both in Richmond. Chris enjoyed nature, biking, and hiking. He loved line dancing, ballroom dancing, and Filipino Cultural dances and was a member of Kultura Pilipino group in Richmond.

He is survived by his loving wife, Bessie M. Rapp; parents, Michael D. and Patricia K. Rapp; brother, Timothy A. Rapp; brothers-in-law, Carmelo Mabutas (Linda), Albert Mabutas (Nelmy), and Edwin Mabutas (Mylene); sister-in-law, Delicia Monica Mabutas; nieces, Giana, Monica, Maricar, Meg, Michelle, and Melissa; and nephews, Skyler, Matthew, Victor, and EJ. His brother, Eric M. Rapp, preceded him in death. A celebration of life will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 5181 Singleton Way, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 with inurnment to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Building Fund. You may offer condolences to the family at www.smithandwilliamskempsville.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Bessie M. Rapp, Wife
  • Michael D. Rapp, Father
  • Patricia K. Rapp, Mother
  • Timothy A. Rapp, Brother
  • Eric M. Rapp, Brother
  • Carmelo Mabutas and wife, Linda, Brother-in-law
  • Albert Mabutas and wife, Nelmy, Brother-in-law
  • Edwin Mabutas and wife, Mylene, Brother-in-law
  • Delicia Monica Mabutas, Sister-in-law
  • Giana, Monica, Maricar, Meg, Michelle, and Melissa, Nieces
  • Skyler, Matthew, Victor, and EJ., Nephews
  • DONATIONS

  • Emmanuel Episcopal Church Building Fund

Services

  • Celebration of Life Sunday, June 9, 2019

Memories

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Jenifer Cornell

June 17, 2019

May you find peace in the memories. I was Chris’s coworker. He greeted me everyday and always had a smile on his face. He was hired 11 months ago and seemed happy at work. Tara was his boss. I know he was interested in bow hunting. Every time I made tea he was having coffee. Very nice man. I’m so sorry this happened. I will never forget you Chris.

Debbie Barrigar

June 14, 2019

Dear Mike and Pat,
I'm so sorry for your loss, especially as it happened to your son in good health and such a kind man. The sudden and shocking event that took your son is difficult to process. May God comfort you at this time.
Debbie Barrigar

Joe and Regena Royal

June 13, 2019

So very sorry for your loss. Chris was a very kind and gentle soul.
We attended St. John Neumann church in Powhatan with Chris and Bessie and still remember his beautiful smile.
Please know that we are praying for your family during this time of sorrow.

Tom Fifer

June 11, 2019

Bessie - I forever wish I had met with you. Chris was a great friend, fraternity brother, Washington DC friend right after graduating from University of Illinois - both Chris Rapp, My wife (Lori Mazrimas Fifer) and her Pledge Mom from Alpha Chi Rho fraternity moved to Washington DC together. Both Lori & I with Linc Hobson had many adventures in the Washington DC area, weekend trips to Ocean City beach. My heart is truly broken when I heard Chris had passed as a result of this senseless crime. Lori & I could not make his visitation/funeral service unfortunately since my mother had passed away the day previous to this horrific event. I will truly be blessed to meet with you at your convenience for a brief visit. We loved Chris as a true friend, his honesty, and his love for life is truly treasured. I am so so saddened to hear of this horrific news. Please - our prayers and hugs are with you and your family.

I will love to meet with you at your convenience. I do travel to Virginia at times for business.

Please let me know of a good time (if any) for you to accept any brief visitors from his friends.

My point of contact information
Tom (& Lori) Fifer
5233 Kathcart Way
Indianapolis, IN 46254
317-646-7079
tfifer54@gmail.com

Shelley Loeb

June 9, 2019

I am deeply saddened over the sudden, violent death of my friend Patty's wonderful son Chris.
I have known Patty and Mike for many years and I can only offer my sincerest heartfelt sympathy to you on this tragic loss. May your cherished memories of your fine, caring and intelligent son, bring you comfort in the days to come.
My prayers for your peace in the diffcult days , to come.
Fondly, Shelley Loeb

Maggie Davison

June 9, 2019

I have visited this memorial page several times during this week with the intention of leaving a note of condolence, but I could not find the words. Chris and I lived in the same neighborhood and were good friends during high school at Green Run. In reading other messages left on this page as well as the articles about Chris, I can tell you the person he was today is the same person he was in high school. Chris was a kind, friendly, and sweet person, He was a little shy (just like me,) and I enjoyed spending time with him. As with many young friendships our lives took different directions, but I never forgot him. To his wife, parents, and family I offer my sincere sympathy. I have kept you all in my prayers and will continue to do so. I am so sorry for your loss. Chris was a wonderful person.

Nancy Welch

June 7, 2019

A kind, gentle, caring man who could surprise you with his humor. I just visited with Chris and his mother, Patty, at church the Sunday before that horrific and senseless tragedy. No words can adequately transmit the hurt and grief I feel for the family. I am left with merely an expression of my love for the Rapp family and my deepest sympathies for such a dramatic and unfathomable death. Warmly, Nancy

Joseph Zollner

June 7, 2019

I first met Chris in college at the University of Illinois when we were both pledges at Alpha Chi Rho. Chris was always good natured, dependable, and kind. He was the kind of person you were glad to call a friend and Brother. The last time I saw Chris was quite a few years ago when I was on a business trip in Roanoke, VA. Chris and Bessie drove over to meet me for lunch and afterwards we drove up the mountain and hiked a bit on the Appalachian Trail. It was a fond memory and means even more to me now.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Bessie and the Rapp Family during this sad time.

Kathy Kelbaugh

June 7, 2019

Heartbroken.
So very sorry to hear of Chris’s passing.
My sincere condolences to his family. Will be lifting you up in my prayers for peace & comfort.
Chris was my brother’s best friend (Russell Kelbaugh) in high school. A true friend. Kind, thoughtful, funny. There when you needed him. Always had a smile (but looking tough in this picture!)
I’m a former neighbor from Lake Christopher. Best times of my life in that amazing neighborhood!
Chris, you will be missed!

Susan Luann Rager

June 6, 2019

Hi: Chris was one of the nicest guys I have ever known. We worked next to each other in The Waterside in Norfolk and we became best friends. We dated for the summer of 1983. We just loved to talk and take long walks. He helped me through so much that year. I lost touch with him when I came to Richmond in 1985, never realizing he lived so close to me. It would have been so nice to talk to him again and meet his wife. I often thought of him and wondered what he was up to in his life, wishing him the best. I feel so sad he was taken in such a brutal way. I am sure he is watching over all of his family and friends! I will miss you Chris!

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Biography

Christopher Kelly Rapp, P.E., tragically lost his life on May 31, 2019. A graduate of Green Run High School, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University. Chris continued his education at Virginia Tech earning a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

He started his engineering career at McKinney & Co. in Ashland. Then in Henrico County, he worked at the Dept. of Public Utilities. Next at Caroline County, he started as a Deputy Director and then advanced to Director of Dept. of Public Works. Chris had long tenure as the Director of Powhatan Dept. of Public Works. Later he worked as Director of Public Works for Stafford County and most recently, he held the title of Stormwater Management Regulatory Engineer for the City of Virginia Beach.

Chris was gifted musically and especially loved playing the bagpipes and learning to play the piano. He was a member of the Greater Richmond Pipes & Drums, St. Andrew's Pipes & Drums, and Tidewater Pipes & Drums in Va Beach. He served as Vice-President for the St. Andrew’s Society and the Filipino-American Assoc. of Central Va (FAACV) both in Richmond. Chris enjoyed nature, biking, and hiking. He loved line dancing, ballroom dancing, and Filipino Cultural dances and was a member of Kultura Pilipino group in Richmond.

He is survived by his loving wife, Bessie M. Rapp; parents, Michael D. and Patricia K. Rapp; brother, Timothy A. Rapp; brothers-in-law, Carmelo Mabutas (Linda), Albert Mabutas (Nelmy), and Edwin Mabutas (Mylene); sister-in-law, Delicia Monica Mabutas; nieces, Giana, Monica, Maricar, Meg, Michelle, and Melissa; and nephews, Skyler, Matthew, Victor, and EJ. His brother, Eric M. Rapp, preceded him in death.

A celebration of life will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 5181 Singleton Way, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 with inurnment to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Building Fund. You may offer condolences to the family at www.smithandwilliamskempsville.com.