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Rudolph McCarty "Rudy" Clapp, 84, of Scott City died Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau.
He was born May 22, 1928, in Byron, Ga., son of the Rev. Edwin M. and Willie "Blanche" Greer Clapp Sr. Rudy married Evelyn S. Sanders Maurath on June 9, 1999, in Clayton, Mo.
He grew up on a dairy farm, getting up at 3:30 a.m. with his brothers and milking 100 head of cattle before going to school. After school he did it all over again.
Rudy was an instructor in the Army Signal Corps from 1952 to 1954. He was stationed at Fort Monmouth, N.J.
He was employed at Trap Rock Industries in Kingston, N.J., many years, maintaining their radio equipment and building truck scales or anything electronic. He worked for Hauck Manufacturing Co. in Lebanon, Pa., several years after retiring as a combustion engineer, traveling in the southwestern states. He was a member of Illmo Baptist Church and loved all the people there.
He was a loving father to his children, Edwin L. (Kathy) Clapp of Clarksville, Tenn., the Rev. Richard (Marie) Rudolph Clapp of Givhans, S.C., Donald W. Clapp of Long Branch, N.J., Steven B. Clapp of Middletown, N.J., Dona M. Topinka, of Howell, N.J., Michael (Eileen) Clapp of Long Branch; stepchildren, Rebecca (Tommy) O'Donnell of Browns Mills, N.J., John L. (Pam) Maurath, Linda (Keith) Smith and Jaqueline (Michael) Mulder, all of St. Louis, Cheryl A. (Pete) Carollo of High Ridge, Mo., Connie L. (Kevin) Hinderer of Fenton, Mo.; loving brother of Edwin Marcus (Wilma) Clapp Jr. of Newark, Del., the Rev. Roger R. (Kathryn) Clapp of Cordova, Tenn., Mary B. (the Rev. Charles L.) Hattaway of Florence, S.C.; loving brother-in-law to Betty Clapp; grandfather of 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 19 stepgrandchildren; and 14 great-stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Clapp; two sisters, Helen Clapp and Martha (Buck) Tyler.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City, and from 9 a.m. until time of service Monday at Illmo Baptist Church.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, with the Rev. Bob Herring and Dr. Charles Hattaway officiating. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, with full military honors.
Memorials may be made to Illmo Baptist Church.