Dale Lappin

May 10, 1928 - January 2, 2017
Dale Lappin

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Willard Dale Lappin, 88, of Flat Rock passed away Monday, January 2, 2017 in his home.

Born in Canton, Ohio, he was a son of the late Ira Willard and Laura McIntire Lappin. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jack Lappin.

A US Army veteran, Dale served in the Korean War. He was a graduate of Marion College and received his Master’s degree from Indiana University. Dale enjoyed teaching art and French for 30 years at East Flat Rock and Hendersonville High Schools. Dale took many students to France, sharing his love of the French language, culture, and people. He was a member of Bethel Wesleyan Church.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Julia Justus Lappin; his daughters, Heidi Upton and husband, Nathan, of Flat Rock and Jill Loggins and husband, Dan, of High Point; sister, Carol Koons and husband, Dave, of Kissimmee, FL; six grandchildren, Tyler Upton (Alex), Peter Upton (Amy Sue), Daniel Loggins (Emily), Sarah Upton, Katie Upton, and Elijah Loggins; and his great-granddaughter, Afton Upton.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 12 pm Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Bethel Wesleyan Church with the Reverend Tim Clark officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to Hendersonville Rescue Mission, PO Box 1512, Hendersonville, NC 28793.


Thursday, January 5, 2017
12:00 PM

Bethel Wesleyan Church - Directions
909 Tracy Grove Road
Flat Rock, NC 28731

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  • January 04, 2017
    Marlin Mull says:
    JUlia, You have our prayers and love. Marlin and Barbara

  • January 04, 2017
    Bob Black says:
    That's what a life well lived looks like. Judy and I are grateful for the privilege of knowing Dale, and our prayers are with all of you in the family.

  • January 04, 2017
    Alton Connor says:
    My memories of Dale Lappin are from my days at HHS (Class of 1969). He was my homeroom teacher in my senior year. I did not take French, but I have fond memories of each Christmas season when the different foreign language clubs went caroling thru the halls at HHS. I always remember how full of joy the French Club was as they did their caroling. Mr. Lappin was at our 40th class reunion in 2009 and I remember sitting with him and Mrs. Edwards and visiting for a while. My heart goes out to each of you in your loss. Our beloved Spanish teacher, Lois Gibbs (Gibbs-Garrett), was promoted to her Heavenly home in late October ~ now they are reminiscing about the good old days at HHS. With my heartfelt thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy ~ Alton Connor

  • January 04, 2017
    Brad Cunningham says:
    Wow - j’ai tellement appris de M. Lappin. J’utilise encore Français aujourd'hui, même si je suis un peu rouillé avec elle. Je pourrais dire même au lycée que M. Lappin aimait vraiment ce qu’il enseignait et pris en charge sur les élèves à apprendre. Il fut professeur de Français fantastique ! J’espère que sa famille est rassurée par le fait qu’il a touché tant de vies d’une manière positive. Aurevoir Monsieur Lappin... Vous étiez le meilleur professeur de Français jamais ! Brad Cunningham

  • January 04, 2017
    Betty Pace Titus says:
    Julia, I know that it has been a long hard road, but God is in control. A lot of good times are remembered with you and Earl Kilpatrick. Paul and I are doing well.