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September 28, 2013

Kenneth A. Rappleyea

Kenneth A. Rappleyea

PRATTSVILLE — Kenneth Andrew Rappleyea, 90, formerly of Prattsville, passed away on Sept. 25, 2013, following a brief illness.

He was born in Lexington, Sept. 10, 1923, to the late Claude A. and Mable (Deyo) Rappleyea. 

Ken graduated from Gilboa-Conesville Central School and attended accounting classes at SUNY Oneonta.

He married Hope Ann Sohmer on April 6, 1946, in Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Flushing.

In his lifetime, Ken was a dairy farmer, cauliflower grower, operated an Esso gas station and owned a Chrysler dealership. He was a village trustee in Stamford from 1965 to 1970 and served as mayor from 1970 to 1977. During semi-retirement, Ken and Hope lived in Florida, where Ken sold real estate and was the manager and instructor of an H&R Block income tax office. They returned to Prattsville in 1988. He was an avid golfer and liked to play cards with friends and family. He was a very caring and gentle person with a sharp mind and quick wit.

Ken is survived by his four children, Darlene Emily (Allan) Krick, Kenneth Paul (Kelly) Rappleyea, Sandra Diane Rappleyea, (companion R. Dan Whiteman), and Cleita Hope (Eric) Harvey. He is also survived by his five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two nieces; and one nephew. 

Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at the Lexington United Methodist Church. Funeral services will follow at the church with the Rev. Rebecca Town officiating. 

Interment will be in Fairlawn Cemetery, Prattsville.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to House of Grace of the Adirondacks Inc., 33 Henry St., Glens Falls, NY 12801 or to the Prattsville Reformed Church, Main Street, Prattsville, NY 12468.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Decker Funeral Home, Windham.

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