Lawrence H. Gapp, 92, of Walhalla, ND, passed away peacefully Monday, January 30, 2023 at the Pembilier Nursing Center in Walhalla. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 11:00am at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Walhalla. Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 7, from 6:00-7:00pm with a prayer service at 7:00pm, also at the Church.
Lawrence, son of Henry and Josephine Gapp, was born April 18, 1930, on their family homestead west of Walhalla. He grew up on a farm east of Walhalla and attended a country school a mile from his home through the eighth grade. He then attended and graduated from Oakwood High School near Grafton. He went to college at NDSU for a while, then returned home where he continued farming with his family.
On January 31, 1959, Lawrence married Carol Leonard, from St. Paul Minnesota. They raised nine children together on a farm near Walhalla. There was never a dull moment at the Gapp house. Lawrence loved family gatherings, especially during the holidays.
Lawrence lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed socializing and visiting with people, and made several acquaintances over the years through his many travels with friends. He farmed for over 45 years.
After retiring he spent a lot of time gardening. He enjoyed making homemade sauerkraut, wine, pickles and his famous hot sauce. Lawrence also made deer sausage every year using his secret recipe. His children and grandchildren were always there to help out, which became an annual family tradition. He was a member of the St. Boniface Choir his whole adult life. Lawrence also belonged to the Knights of Columbus for over 50 years, and was very proud when he became a Fourth Degree Knight.
Lawrence left a long family legacy. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Carol; Children: Phil (Angie) Gapp, Lisa (Kent) Dalzell, Chris (Jackie) Gapp, Mike (Debbie) Gapp, Maria Gapp, Sharon (Jim) McMullen, Larry (Paula) Gapp, and Bridget (Zack) Rudolf; 26 grandchildren: 18 great-grandchildren; son-in-law Larry Schill; brother Frank (Christa) Gapp; sister Anna Brombach; sisters-in-law Patricia Dickman, Karen Gapp and Jackie Gapp. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Wilfred, Henry, Phillip and infant brother Allan Gapp; daughter Cynthia Schill; nephew Greg Brombach; niece Kathy Weyrough; brothers-in-law Jack Brombach and Jerry Dickman.