Walking On - Richard J. Schlappie and Theodore J. Rempel
Richard John Schlappie
Dec. 2, 1941 – Oct. 29, 2016
Tribal Elder Richard J. Schlappie, 74, of Portland, Ore., died after a battle with lung cancer.
He was a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Richard was born to the late Josephine LaBonte Schlappie and Edward Schlappie on Dec. 2, 1941, in Portland, Ore. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, sister, Donna, and wife, Virginia.
Richard was married to Virginia Castaneda Schlappie until her death. He had four children: Gina, Patricia, Christine and Michaeline, and eight grandchildren. He chose to be estranged from his family up until four years ago.
A private memorial service will be held by his daughters. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.
Theodore James Rempel
Dec. 8, 1984 – Nov. 6, 2016
Born Dec. 8, 1984, in Klamath Falls, Ore., to Winona Helen-Lehua Ani Rempel and Mark Allen Rempel, Tribal member Theodore James Rempel, 31, passed away on Nov. 6, 2016, near Baker City, Ore.
Ted is survived by his sons, Noah Jonathan and Jake Ryan Rempel of Denver, Colo., and his siblings, Christopher Lloyd Rempel of Portland, Ore., and April Michelle Rempel of Eugene, Ore. He also is survived by his father, Mark Rempel, of Jupiter, Fla.; his grandfathers, Jerry Rempel of Salem, Ore., and Bob Ani of St. Johns, Ore.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Ted was cremated and his ashes were interred with those of his mother, Winona, at the Grand Ronde Cemetery in Grand Ronde on Saturday, Nov. 12. Services were held at the Grand Ronde Community Center with burial following at the cemetery.
“In the Hands of God,
Even Death is a Time for Rejoicing”
When death brings weeping
and the heart is filled with sorrow
It calls us to seek God
as we ask about tomorrow
And in these hours of heart-hurt
we draw closer to believing
that even in death, in God’s hands
is not a time for grieving,
but a time for joy in knowing
death is just a stepping-stone
to a life that’s everlasting
such as we have never known.