Richard Bruce Trapp went home to be with the LORD on May 30, 2019, surrounded by family and friends. He was born July 22, 1939, in Bristol, Virginia, to Fred and Natalie Trapp, but grew up in Houston, Texas, where his family had moved when he was very young. Richard's character and work ethic developed at an early age. When he was 10 years old, he got a job delivering newspapers in Houston in order to help his mother pay the bills and support his two siblings, big sister Debbie, and younger brother Paul. From that moment forward, there was never a time in his life when he was not taking care of someone. Richard earned a scholarship in swimming and diving to Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, but due to repeated ear infections, had to give up his scholarship at A&M. He then attended and graduated from East Texas State College in Commerce, Texas. He joined the USMC while in college and upon graduating, went to Officer Candidate School in Quantico and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in May, 1963. Richard served as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps for 20 years and was selected for multiple commands including First Battalion Third Marines in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and Schools Battalion at Camp Pendleton, CA. He distinguished himself during two tours in Vietnam, and was awarded the Purple Heart, The Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (with Palm), and the Navy Commendation Medal with Valor Designation. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1983. He moved his family to Texas, Connecticut, and ultimately settled in Loudoun County, where he became a respected member of the community and a leader at Hamilton Baptist Church in Hamilton, VA. Above all else, Richard was a man of God with the heart of a servant leader. In the years after his retirement from the military he touched countless lives serving in various leadership roles in business, the community, and most especially, his church. Richard is survived by his wife, Virginia J. Trapp, of Ashburn, VA, his daughter, Shannon Phipps (Wayne), of Hamilton, his son, Thad (Catie), of Apex, NC, and his brother, Paul (Elaine), of Colorado Springs, CO. He has 5 grandchildren, Joshua and Lindsey Phipps, and Grace, Zackery and Andrew Trapp. He will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know him. Please visit to express online condolences to the family.

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