Walking On - Richard J. Schlappie and Theodore J. Rempel

11.16.2016 Dean Rhodes Walking On

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.