Ralph Raymond Trapp
April 17, 1929 — Jan. 10, 2017
Ralph Raymond Trapp, age 87, passed away on January 10, 2017, while at the Watertown Regional Medical Center in Watertown. Ralph was born on April 17, 1929, in Milwaukee, the son of Edwin and Margaret (Hintze) Trapp. Ralph married Mabel Schultz on July 20, 1957, at the Trinity Evangelical Reformed Church in Brookfield. Ralph served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and worked as an electrician in the service. After his service, he worked at the Purina Feed Mill before buying his farm. Ralph dairy farmed in the Watertown area until his retirement in 1995 and he was a true caretaker of the land and the animals. He played trumpet in the Brookfield band while in grade school and graduated from Waukesha High School in 1948.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Mabel; six children, Nancy (Charlie) Kosanke, Alvin Trapp, Sally (Chris) Kosanke, Frank (Jammie) Trapp, Nola (Joe) Bishop and Alice Trapp; 13 grandchildren, Pam Kosanke, Michael (Amanda) Kosanke, Lisa (Andy) Werner, Travis (Caley) Kosanke, Trevor Kosanke, Samantha Kosanke, Wes Trapp, Beau Trapp and Bradley Trapp, Kaia Bishop, Courtney Bishop, Jimmy Bishop and Katie Bishop; two great-grandchildren, Martha and Norman; two brothers, Melvin and Carl Trapp; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents and his step-mother, Fritzi Trapp.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be directed to the family in his memory.
Memorial services will take place at the Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home, 500 Welsh Road, Watertown, on Sunday, January 15, at 1:30 PM. A visitation will also be held at the funeral home on Sunday from 12:00 PM noon until the time of services. Pastor Sanette Francis will officiate. Burial of cremated remains will take place at a later date at Glenview Memorial Park in Ixonia.
Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home, 920-261-3439, is serving the family. Online condolences can be sent to www.svfuneralhome.com.