Shown above, the Sapp brothers recently presented a check for $1,150 to help fund the project. Left to right: Dick Sapp, Roger Sapp, Charlie Sapp, Rockford American Legion representatives Reed Shaffer, Terry McMillen and Terry Joseph.

Family not present included: Larry Sapp (who recently passed-away); Steve Sapp; Nancy Kline; and Toby Feasel. They are all the children of the late Paul and Jessie (Snyder) Sapp.

Photo by Nikki Sapp Fox

by Sheila Baltzell-Linn,

story was submitted for publication

When the Rockford American Legion recently announced their plans to create a new Veterans Memorial in Hedges Park, adjacent to the American Legion Post  on State Route 33, the Sapp Family began to discuss how they could contribute and honor the men dear to them. Together, they raised $1,150 to honor their fathers, fathers-in-law, brothers and brothers-in-law as well as all veterans.

Their immediate family of veterans includes: Dick Sapp – Army; Roger Sapp – Army; Benny Sapp – Army; Dale Ellis – Army; Ted Ballinger – Marines; Don Frahm – National Guard; Ron Frahm – National Guard; Richard D. Kline – Navy; Paul J. Nichols –  Navy; Ralph Shindeldecker – Army; Ralphie Shindeldecker – Air Force; Jim Shindeldecker – Army; Harold Feasel – Army; Reed Shaffer – National Guard; and Kenneth Branstetter – Army.

The Sapp Family is also instrumental in keeping the memory alive of Benny Sapp, their brother who died in Viet Nam on November 20, 1968 through the Carey, Bill and Benny Scholarship Fund. This scholarship not only remembers Benny but Carey Fosnaugh and Bill Miller as well. The recipient of the scholarship is a Parkway graduate.  2019 recipient is Molly Baltzell.