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Hobart J. "Hobe" Lapp, age 92, died at Lafayette Pointe Care Center, West Lafayette, Ohio, on Monday, May 5, 2014.
He was born at the family farm in Franklin Township near Wills Creek on April 28, 1922, the son of the late E. Paul and M. Anna (Roof) Lapp.
He married Jean C. Lawrence Lapp on January 6, 1947, who preceded him death on September 13, 2010.
Mr. Lapp attended Wills Creek school for eight years and graduated from Coshocton High School with the class of 1940.
He worked at Moore Enameling & Mfg. Co. in West Lafayette, Ohio until joining the Army Air Force in September 1942.
He served in the China Burma-India Theater as a flight radio operator, flying over The Hump to China. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Asiatic-Pacific ribbon with two bronze stars and the Distinguished Flying Cross with one oak leaf cluster.
He was discharged as a Sergeant in October 1945.
For several years he was a home delivery milkman for Conner's Meadow Gold Dairy in Coshocton and was a part time farmer, operating a beef cattle farm near Fresno, Ohio and a grain farm near Birds Run in Guernsey county. Later, he became an employee of Stone Container for 31 years, retiring as a shift engineer in 1988.
He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Coshocton, the American Legion, and the Farm Bureau.Hobart is survived by son, Joel Lapp of Fresno; daughter, Janice Lapp of West Lafayette; grandchildren, Justin (Denise) Lapp of West Lafayette, and Jared Lapp of Fresno, Ohio; great grandson, Jacoby Lapp of West Lafayette, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, Hobart is preceded in death by brothers, Emory Lapp, Clyde Lapp, and Edwin Lapp; and sisters, Pauline DePorter, Eloise Henderson, Norine Sprague, Jean Duling, and Grace Lapp.
The Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel of Given-Dawson Funeral Home on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 11:00 am with Pastor Brian Kittner officiating.
Burial will follow at South Lawn Cemetery with full military honors performed by the Coshocton County Honor Guard.
Calling hours will be at the funeral home from 5:00-8:00 pm Thursday, May 8, 2014, and one hour prior to the service Friday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, PO Box 1299, Coshocton, Ohio 43812 or any local charity.
An online memorial can be viewed at www.given-dawsonfuneralhome.com
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