John Russell Lapham


A Memorial Mass celebrating the life of John Russell Lapham, 79, of Conroe, Texas are pending with Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe. 
John Russell Lapham was born on December 5, 1939 in Milford. Massachusetts to William B. and Marian (Smith) Lapham. He passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 12, 2019.  John grew up in New England and had fond memories as a child spending summers along the coast of Maine a tradition he later shared with his family. John graduated from Roger Williams College where he received his degree in mechanical engineering. With a love for flying and the United States Marine Corp he decided to leave New England and head south to Pensacola, Florida Naval Air Station where he would become a Marine Flight Cadet. Little did he know that he would meet the love of his life. John and Paulette met in 1962 and married on September 5, 1964 and raised four children. They recently celebrated their 55 wedding anniversary. Early on in his career, John accepted an opportunity in Houston, Texas where they would live for several years. Later, John accepted a management position with Grinnell and to Kansas City where they spent seven years.  When the opportunity came up to move back to Texas, they took it and have spent nearly half a century living in the Conroe area. The Lapham family are longtime parishioners of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  John was a caring and loving husband, father, friend and proud grandfather. He was a genuine man who loved animals, sports and especially the Houston Astros. He always made time for those he loved. Mechanical engineer by trade, John was also a very passionate craftsman. He truly enjoyed building things and working on stuff. He appreciated sharing a fine meal with family and friends and was always a gracious host.  He was comforted by his family and friends to the very end.  John was preceded in death by his parents; Marian and William Lapham; beloved son, John “Jack” Russell Lapham Jr.; and his two brothers, Thomas Lapham and William Vogler. He is survived by loving family: beloved wife, Paulette Lapham; daughter, Lynn Lapham and fiancé Roy Bechtol; sons, Patrick Lapham and wife, Stephanie; and Paul Lapham and wife, Yuri; sister, Amy Albin and husband, Donald; grandchildren, Elizabeth Guevara, Sean Sliney, Jake Lapham, Hannah Lapham, Angela Lapham, Christian Cromwell, Ivan and Melanie; and two beautiful great grandchildren. John is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, and other dear relatives and friends.  John was a clever, fun-loving, kind and patient gentleman who loved the lord, his family, and his country. We will miss him dearly and look forward to seeing him again.

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