I found a few death notices on the Chicago Tribune Historical Archive site that shed some light onto Peter Raapâ€™s family. It seems that the Lauri and Eric mentioned in his death notice were actually stepchildren of his son John. Johnâ€™s wife Barbara had been married before. Her first husband died in 1965, and her eldest son Roy died at age 16 in 1972. Therefore Lauri and Eric had the name Kropp originally, though it is unknown whether they changed their name to Raap later.
Also, the identities of Peterâ€™s grandchildren Sheryl, Elizabeth and Peter remain a mystery. Were they the children of Johnâ€™s sister Dolores [Eric] Jacobson? Were they Johnâ€™s children from a previous marriage? Did John and Barbara have them after her first husband died? Or a combination of these?
Donald Roy Kropp, suddenly, May 8, of Mount Prospect, formerly of River Forest and Hinsdale, husband of Barbara, nee Melin; father of Roy, Lauri, and Eric; son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy A. Kropp of Mundelein; brother of Arline Shethar of Connecticut and Charles A. of Mount Prospect. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Sunday, at Drechsler Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion street [Wisconsin avenue], Oak Park. Services Tuesday, 3 p.m., at United Evangelical Lutheran church, N. Ridgeland avenue at Greenfield, Oak Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Service club of Chicago. Interment private. EU 3-3191.
Roy A. Kropp II, age 16, of Minneapolis, Minn.; dear son of Mrs. John Raap of Medina, Minn.; brother of Eric and Lauri; grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Melin of Glen Ellyn, Ill., and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Kropp of Wilmette, Ill. Private family services were held Monday at St. Stephen Episcopal Church, Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Roy Kropp Memorial, c/o St. Stephen Episcopal Church, 50th St. and Wooddale Av., Minneapolis, will be sincerely appreciated. 612-927-8641.
Gladys A. Melin, nee Koberstine, resident of Delray Beach Fla. beloved wife of Lawrence H. Melin; dear mother mother of Mrs. Barbara M. Raap of Edina, Minn., and Lawrence H. Jr. [Sandra] of Glen Ellyn; fond grandmother of four; dear sister of Jack [Bette] Koberstine of Lombard. Funeral services Monday 1 p.m., at the Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard. Visitation Sunday 2-5 and 7-10 p.m. Interment Glen Oak Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials to the American Cancer Society appreciated. 629-0094.