Donald Clayton Lappin

united-states-flag-3-smallDonald Clayton Lappin, 85, of West Frankfort, passed away at 5:59 p.m., Monday, January 23, 2017 at his family home with his wife, children and grandchildren by his side.

Don was born November 16, 1931 in Williamson County to Arthur and Myrtle (Moake) Lappin. He was united in marriage to Mary Kay Myers on December 23, 1953. Together they have shared 63 years of marriage.

Don was retired having been a coal miner with Inland Steel Coal Mine. He was a veteran of the United States Navy having served his country honorably during the Korean War. He was also a farmer, and he greatly enjoyed raising cattle and working his land.

He was a member of the Harmony Freewill Baptist Church where he had served as Sunday School superintendent . He was also a member of the UMWA and served as president of the local union. He was a 1950 graduate of Johnston City High School and later attended the University of Illinois.

He loved his family and especially spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Kay Lappin of West Frankfort; four children; Michael J. Lappinof West Frankfort; Cheryl (Terry) Epplin of Pinckneyville; Dawn Marie (Jeff) Hartwick of West Frankfort, Kellie (Mike) Grant of Johnston City; 14 grandchildren, Michelle, Melissa and Emily Lappin, Jeremy Don (Jennifer) Blades, Randa (Duane) Burgess, Reggie (Lyndsey) Epplin, Justin (Melanie Robinson) Ridlen , Nicholas Monroe Ridlen and fiancé Shannon McComb, Bradley Arthur Ridlen, Kyle (Autumn) Ridlen, David Clayton (Alyssa) Adams, Justin and Wyatt Grant; 13 great-grandchildren, Kyra and Lucas Blades, Sophie (Nathan) Headd, Devlin, Liam and Mila Burgess, Chesney and Everleigh Epplin, Levi Samuel, Dakota, Callie and Samantha Ridlen and Waylon Adams; sister, Sylvia Meyers; brother, Frank ( Jeannine ) Lappin; two sisters-in-law, Joan and Judy Lappin. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Lois Lappin; three brothers, Treallis, Arthur Jake and Monroe Lappin; brother-in-law, Floyd Meyers.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 27, 2017 in Harmony Freewill Baptist Church near West Frankfort with Br. Curtis Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Harmony Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery with military rites accorded by the VFW Post #1301, American Legion Post #147 and members of the United States Navy Military Honors team.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at Pyle Funeral Home in Johnston City and from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Friday at the Church.

Memorials may be made to the Harmony Freewill Baptist Church. Memorial envelopes will be available at the church the day of the service.

Pyle Funeral Home in Johnston City is entrusted with the arrangements.

For additional information or to sign the book of memories and to light a candle, please visit

Respond to Donald Clayton Lappin

Leave a Reply