Scott W. Rappold, a claims processor for Randy Shepard & Associates and a Chase Security guard for the Buffalo Bills, died Friday (Oct. 10, 1997) in his Amherst home after a long fight with Hodgkin's disease. He was 25.
A Marine Corps veteran, he was a member of the Marine Corps Reserve Inspector Instructor Company.
"Through everything, Scott was concerned about everybody else," said his wife, the former Deanna Vaccaro. "His Hospice nurse said every time she came he asked her how her day was, how she was feeling. He was concerned about everyone else -- right up to the last day."
Rappold had tickets for the Sabres' opening night, his wife noted.
"When he realized he couldn't be there, he had my uncle donate them to two kids with leukemia," she said.
Born in Buffalo, Rappold was a graduate of Mill Middle School in the Williamsville School District and Lafayette High School.
He joined the Marine Corps in 1991 and served on its Fleet Anti-Terrorist Support Team based in Norfolk, Va., until 1994.
He guarded American embassies in foreign countries, including Haiti and Jamaica, his wife said. He also participated in the Coast Guard operation to repatriate Haitians back to Haiti.
From 1994 to 1995, Rappold was stationed in Quantico, Va., where he worked at Range Control and served on the Marine Corps Rifle and Pistol Team.
He received commendations for participating in lifesaving operations at Quantico -- once to locate a lost hunter, the other to handle communications in the search for a fellow Marine who had been shot accidentally.
Rappold also received a special commendation from President Clinton for his active service, his wife said.
He joined Randy Shepard & Associates and Chase Security after completing his active military service in 1995.
"He guarded the Buffalo Bills' field house and locker room and the field and tunnel during home games," his wife said.
Rappold's mother, Patricia Ulrich Rappold, died in 1989.
Survivors, besides his wife, to whom he would be married four years today, include a daughter, Katelyn M.; his father, Ronald, and stepmother, Camille Malucci Rappold; a sister, Colleen Probst of Snyder; his grandmother, Gracia Rappold of Cheektowaga; and two stepsisters, Kim Turco of Erie, Pa., and Lisa Makosky of the Town of Tonawanda.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered today in St. Edmund's Catholic Church, Town of Tonawanda, after prayers at 9:15 in Dengler Funeral Home, Amherst. Burial was in Nativity Cemetery, Orchard Park.