Terry Lee Lapp
Dec. 13, 1946 – Dec. 26, 2009
Terry Lee Lapp of Waukesha passed away Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at the
Veterans Affairs Hospital in Milwaukee following a courageous battle with
cancer. Born in Rock Island, Ill., on Dec. 13, 1946, Terry later moved to
Waukesha. A proud veteran of the Vietnam era, Terry served two years in
the Marine Corps before he was honorably discharged. He had received
specialized language training at the Presidio in Monterey, Calif., and
served as a Vietnamese interpreter during his service. A decorated combat
veteran, Terry was a sergeant and also a Purple Heart recipient.
He was married to Pauline (Bralich) and the two
raised a son and daughter. Terry had been employed as a transportation
manager for Construction Supply and Erection (CSE) for 18 years, retiring
in 2004. Terry was true to the Marine Corps. Once a Marine, always a
Marine. He served as a mentor to countless Vietnam and Iraqi veterans and
was involved for many years at the Milwaukee Veterans Center. In earlier
years, Terry was involved with the Waukesha Olde Car Club. Terry was also
a longtime communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where he was
active in their Bible study group. He will be sadly missed.
Terry is survived by his loving wife of 38 years,
Pauline; his mother, "Jerie" Lapp of Waukesha; his children,
Cindy Lou (Todd) Bourdo of Oconomowoc and Andrew Clayton Lapp of Waukesha;
four brothers, Michael J. Lapp of Waukesha, Patrick Joe (Cindy) Lapp of
Fort Atkinson, Timothy E. Lapp (partner Bret Dougherty) of Madison and
Larry D. (Patty) Lapp of Newport News, Va.; and two sisters, Sandie (John)
Stippich of Pewaukee and Joy E. Grenz of Waukesha. He also leaves three
grandchildren, Ellie, Charlie and Addison, many nieces, nephews, cousins,
aunts, uncles and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Samuel
E. Lapp, and an infant sister, Cindy Lou Lapp.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237
N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. Visitation continues from 10 a.m. until the
11 a.m. funeral Mass on Thursday, Dec. 31, at St. Mary’s Church, 225 S.
Hartwell Ave., Waukesha. The Very Rev. James T. Volkert will be
officiating. Entombment with full military honors will be in St. Joseph’s
Cemetery immediately following the Mass.
Memorials are appreciated to the American Cancer
Society, N19-W24350 Riverwood Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188.
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home,
Cremation and Preplanning Services is assisting the family with
arrangements. For more information, please call the funeral home at
542-6609 or visit www.waukeshasfuneralhome.com.