Robert “Bob” Trapp

Master Sergeant Robert “Bob” Henry Trapp, 85, died peacefully at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND on April 5, 2020. A Veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, he proudly served his country for 20 years. Bob had many achievements throughout his military career and personal life. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star for his service and was awarded a Purple Heart for being wounded in the Korean war.

Bob was born on September 15, 1934, to Henry Walter and Flossie Mae (Smelts) Trapp in Detroit, Michigan. He grew up in Michigan and graduated high school from Hillsdale High School in 1952. Bob enlisted in the United States Army in 1952. During his time in the Army, he completed training in Fort Devens, Massachusetts to learn Morse Code. Bob then served in Korea for 22 months on and off throughout the Korean war. He spent time in Germany with the 10th Infantry Division where he met his future wife Anita. Bob married Anita Sonja Domisch on April 9, 1957, in Bamberg, Germany. After serving overseas, Bob lived throughout the United States while he continued to serve in the Army. He completed a tour of duty for 11 months in Qui Nhơn, Vietnam in 1969. After returning home Bob completed his career in Fargo, ND with the 5th Army Recruiting Command. He retired from the Army in 1972 after 20 years of service and made his home in Idaho with Anita. He spent his remaining working years doing various jobs in Idaho and Las Vegas,Nevada. Bob’s wife Anita passed away in 2006.

Bob reconnected with Betty Pfahl in 2012 when he returned to West Fargo, ND. Bob and Betty were married on August 11, 2012 in Fargo, ND. Bob and Betty enjoyed spending time with their family and going out to eat at Perkins and Texas Roadhouse. Bob was a quiet man but showed his love through his presence. He will be greatly missed.

Bob is survived by his wife Betty Trapp, Fargo; his sister Amy (Jim) Derr, Orlando, FL; sister-in-law Mary Trapp, Donna, TX; step-children Stephen Pfahl (Sharon Walz), Moorhead, MN, Valerie Schroeder (Curtis Gregor), Fargo, and Crystal (Todd) Reber, Fargo; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by Anita Trapp, brother Dick Trapp, sister Ila Raymond, and granddaughter Tiffanie Schroeder.

A special thank you to the doctors and nurses at the Sanford Dialysis Unit especially Dr. Phadke and Molly Berg for their continued care over the last few years, as well as Eventide Assisted Living staff.

Memorial Service: Bob’s service will be held at a later date.

Burial: Fargo National Cemetery, Harwood, ND, with Military Honors.

     West Funeral Home & Life Tribute Center


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