Dr. Raymond Edward Rapp Jr.

December 8, 1924February 5, 2018

Dr. Raymond Rapp, Jr., 93, died peacefully at his home in Weyers Cave, on February 5, 2018. He was born December 8, 1924, in Belleville, IL, to Raymond E. Rapp, Sr. and Florence Aull Rapp. He grew up in Washington, D.C., and attended the University of Maryland, and was inducted in March 1943, into the (then) Army Air Corps, where he was commissioned as an Aerial Navigator, and served for 31 months.

Thereafter, he attended the George Washington University, in Washington, where he received a B.S. degree in Zoology in 1948, and a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1952. He continued training at the Guthrie Clinic at Sayre, PA, and the Foss Clinic at Danville, PA, in preparation for entering General Practice. In 1954 he married Jeanne Audrey Cleary, of Falls Church, VA. They entered General Practice in Montrose, PA, and then Unadilla, NY, and after 11 years moved to Syracuse, NY, where Dr. Rapp completed a 2-year anesthesiology residency.

The family moved to a farm near Weyers Cave, VA, in 1968, and Dr. Rapp practiced anesthesiology at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital for 28 years, until his retirement in 1995. Dr. Rapp travelled three times to Manizales, Colombia, and once to Nablus, on the Israeli-occupied West Bank, with the international surgical team, Operation Smile, to give anesthetics to children for plastic-surgical and orthopedic procedures.

In 1991 he arranged a solo trip to spend a month in Malawi, Central Africa, supplying anesthetic equipment for, and teaching an African anesthetist modern anesthetic techniques, in a small Presbyterian mission hospital at Mulanje. This greatly enhanced the comfort and safety of surgical patients, and the confidence and effectiveness of the O.R. staff, by virtue of their newly-acquired control over intra-operative events.

He was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Harrisonburg, where at various times he was a vestryman, a choir member, a food pantry worker, and puller of weeds in the church yard. He was predeceased by his parents, a sister Eleanor, and a brother Herbert.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jeanne, with whom he shared, among other things, a fondness for ballroom dancing. His other survivors are a son, Jonathan, and wife Mojdeh, of Brooklyn, NY; a daughter, Rebecca, of Harrisonburg; a son, Peter, of Weyers Cave; a son Thomas and his wife Diana, and their three children, David, Rachel, and Andrew of Keswick; a son David and his wife Nancy, and their sons Benjamin and Corban, of Charlottesville; a son James, of Weyers Cave; a sister, Sarah Anne, of Gaithersburg, MD; and a brother David, of Staunton.

The body was cremated. A memorial service will be held on February 17th at 2:00 pm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Harrisonburg.

Memorial donations may be made to the Emanuel Episcopal Church food pantry, or to the Salvation Army.

Lindsey Funeral Home in Weyers Cave is handling arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 17, 2018

Dr. Raymond Edward Rapp Jr.

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Bernice Ruff

February 16, 2018

Jeanne, Rebecca, and the Rapp family.
I was sorry to hear of the passing of your Husband, Father and Grandfather. I worked with Dr Rapp the entire time he was at RMH. I enjoyed his sense of humor. He was a good Doctor and spoke with dignity to his fellow nurse helpers. There are lots of stories we could tell!!!. He was a neighbor and I saw him 'around town.' He will be sorely missed.

David and Elizabeth Norfrey

February 8, 2018

We pray God's peace and blessing on your family as you draw close to Him in the days to come.

Faye Bland Obenschain

February 8, 2018

I am sorry to hear about your loss. Please accept my condolences to your whole family. You are in my prayers.

Mary Howdyshell

February 7, 2018

Please accept my condolences in your loss. Dr. Rapp was a very unique person both to know and to work with. On one occasion as I was walking back to my desk in the O.R. there was music playing in one of the rooms. Lo and behold he grabbed me in a waltz fashion and twirled me around a couple of times. That really made my day as it wasn't a good day till then. I'm very proud to have known him.

Leslie Burt, MD

February 7, 2018

I had the privilege of working with Dr. Rapp from time to time over the years. He was skillful and kind. I never heard him raise his voice in anger towards anyone. He had a calming influence on his patients. He certainly lived his life well.

February 6, 2018

Requiem in honor of Jack and family, whose spirit soars now, blessing all whose lives he touched with love, honor, tenderness and his powerful relationship with his Lord. Forever grateful for the privilege of knowing the Rapp family.
By his grace, BJ Daniel