Max Major Pappe 1917-2002
Kingfisher Times, Sunday, March 3, 2002
CITY, CA. Max Major Pappe, 84, of Cathedral City died at 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 24, at Amdal Residential Care in Rancho Mirage,
where he has resided since August of 2001 with his wife of 58 years.
He was admired and respected by all who knew him.
A native of Kingfisher, OK, he was born December 28,
1917. He moved to Downey, CA in 1948 with his wife, the former Mildred
Wittrock from Okarche, OK, and three children. He retired to Cathedral
City in 1971. The Pappe family was well known in Kingfisher, his
grandfather, Richard Pappe Sr., being among the first settlers there
in the opening of Oklahoma Territory in April 1889. He made his
living in the flooring business and was a full partner in Floor
Fashions, Inc. in Fullerton, CA. In retirement, he pursued his life's
passions as an inventor and ballroom dancer and was an active amateur
radio operator, using the call sign KA6EKV. He was a 30-year member
of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the USA, Lodge
No. 1905 in Cathedral City.
the age of 16 he enlisted in the National Guard in Oklahoma, serving
for six years. In 1940 he entered the regular Army, serving six
more years in Panama and the Philippines as Unit Commander, Field
Artillery, and rising to the rank of Master Sergeant. He was commissioned
as Second Lieutenant after completing Officers Candidate School
and was later promoted to First Lieutenant upon his honorable discharge
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Pappe
and Violet Major Pappe of Kingfisher and one brother, Charles Pappe
of Oklahoma City, OK. In addition to his widow, Mildred, of the
home, he is survived by three children and their spouses, Donald
and Judy Pappe of Whittier, Marilyn and Don Davis of Cathedral City,
and Elaine and Robert Lawson of Laguna Beach, CA; five grandchildren,
Deborah Jones, Kimberly Cheney, Robert Willis, Angela and Jessica
Lawson; and five great grandchildren; a sister, Louise Altizer of
Kingfisher and a nephew, Charles Altizer of Oklahoma City, OK; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
Private memorial services will be held on Saturday
March 9th in Cathedral City.
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