Val Dean Rappleye, age 70, passed away on November 27, 2021 at his home in Afton, Wyoming. He was born on March 15, 1951 to Dean and Gloria Faye Rappleye in Murray, Utah. He grew up in Murray, Utah and Southern California. He later moved to Bennion, Utah where he attended Granger High School.
He was loved by everyone whose path he crossed. He attended the University of Utah and spent six years in the Army Reserves. He was an owner of Rappleye Trucking and Rappleye Ranch. He was active coaching his sons in Taylorsville Little League and later coached baseball at Snow College. He owned Intermountain Forestry, was Sales manager of Castle Rock Dodge in Afton, WY, and managed Robinson Motors for a brief time. He loved to ski, hunt, ride horses, golf, and spent his later years team roping. His real love was for team roping where he excelled, winning many buckles, saddles, roping bags, jackets, sweatshirts, and his favorite, money!
He spent many years serving in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints fulfilling many callings as 1st Counselor in the Bishopric , High Council member, Gospel Doctrine teacher, and Elders Quorum President to name a few. He also spent six months cleaning the Star Valley Temple on a weekly basis with his wife.
He married his high school sweetheart, Kristene Van Orden on March 11, 1972 in Murray, Utah. They were sealed in the Jordan River Temple on June 29, 1984. They were blessed with 3 sons and 2 daughters. Brandi (Peter) Douglas, Herriman, UT; Zachary (Stacey) Rappleye, Afton, WY; Reggie (Danielle) Rappleye, Herriman, UT; Ashley (Dylan) Hoskins, St. George, UT; and Remick (Mia) Rappleye, Afton, WY, and 18 grandchildren.
He is survived by his Sister, Sherie (Larry) Jones, and his brother, Mike (Jody) Rappleye. He was preceded in death by his dad (Dean Rappleye) and his mom, (Gloria Faye Rappleye); his sister (Linda Finnegan), his brother (Kelly Rappleye), his niece, (Molly Finnegan), and his nephew, (Jared Jones.)
Funeral services will be held on December 10th at Noon in the Osmond church.
Viewing 10:45 to 11:45 December 10th Osmond Church
3166 State Highway 241 Osmond, WY
Viewing Thursday evening 6pm-8pm at the Schwab Mortuary
44 East 4th Avenue, Afton WY 83110. Interment: Grover Cemetery