William M. Rapach

  • Born: February 21, 1950
  • Died: March 11, 2019
  • Location: Washington Twp., Michigan

Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons

54880 Vandyke
Shelby Township, MI 48316

Tel. (586) 677-4000

Tribute & Message From The Family


RAPACH, William M. age 69, March 11, 2019
Proud father of Danielle Rapach. Dearest brother of Patty and Sandy. Visitation Thurs. 3-9pm. Funeral Fri. 10:00am at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc. (Shelby Township) 54880 Van Dyke @ 25 Mile Rd. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.


Services


Condolence & Memory Journal

Bill, we only just learned of your passing.We met in 1986 because of taxes.You became a fixture in our home. You helped us save a lot of money over the years. You helped our family.It was shocking to see you in January.We could tell you were very ill.
It was a running joke at our house to stock up on snacks and drinks for your visit. You ate many dinners with us. Bill, you were so fun and intelligent. You and Daryl had a contest annually to guesstimate the bottom line before you did taxes.You will be missed. You were part of our family. May God's Perpetual Light Shine Upon You.Amen.

Posted by Daryl and Wanda Rowland - Shelby Township, MI - Friend   September 07, 2019

You are in my prayers,just found out. He was a great friend. We interacted with the Ford employees and had a lasting friendship. He will be missed.

Posted by Ruthie Stevenson - Mount Clemens, MI - Friend   June 21, 2019

Bill was a close friend for 30 years. We bowled together, played tennis, went to Pine Knob and DTE concerts, he became my son's Godfather. He will be missed. Anthony Jubinski

Posted by Anthony Jubinski - Chesterfield, MI - Friend   April 08, 2019

Our Lord has called Bill, "The Taxman", who was Unlike no other, home to heaven. May you rest in peace Bill Alway's and Forever, Amen. I will truly miss you. Your kindness will always be remembered. Thank you for the smiles we shared and doing my taxes for diaper coupons. What a fair exchange. NOT! I will never forget your colorful leather jacket it so matched your personality. I still imagine you wearing it. Love and our lord's comfort, may it be yours Danielle, his daughter, the love of his life.

Posted by cheryl chinigo - washington township, MI - Friend   April 04, 2019

Bill (Hippie) was one of my room mates at WMU and he kept us all on our toes because of his pranks: At one of my class reunions Hippie put on one of my classmates name tag and told everyone he was Larry who he was much taller than and didn't look anything like. The talk of the night was how much Larry had changed since graduation. We enjoyed visits to our home over the years from Hippie as he shared stories as only he could tell them. We looked forward to the interesting Christmas cards and treasures that were tucked inside. Our family enjoyed Hippie telling us about what was new with Danielle over the years, he sure was was proud to be your dad! Our condolences go out you Danielle and your family.

Posted by Ric Finder - Scotts, MI - Friend   March 14, 2019

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Posted by Debbie Marshall - Roseville, MI - Family Friend   March 13, 2019

I am so sorry for the loss of Bill. I remember so many fond memories as a child growing up at the Rapachs house alongside Danielle, and Bill was part of every one of them. I will keep him in my thoughts and prayers, and he will forever be in our hearts. Condolences to Danielle and the rest of his family.

Posted by Katie Rapacchietta - Chicago, IL - friend   March 13, 2019

Bill was a Legend in our family. I first met Bill in 1987 when he came in to my investment office on a warm day, barefoot and holding his white fluffly dog. He sat down at my desk and we became friends ever since. He has done our taxes and my mom's for as long as I can remember. He was always caring and kind to us, my mom and our kids. He would even take the time to call her and visit her once during the year to check on her. She is 96 years old now. It was always exciting when he would come to the house, almost like a special occasion he was like family after all those years. He would always bring gifts to our kids and always knew exactly what they would enjoy. He was thoughtful, entertaining and bright. We would share stories and made us laugh and he always talked about Danielle. He was so proud of her. We will miss him and always think of him especially at tax time. My heart and sympathy goes out to his family and friends. God Speed Bill.

Posted by Marita and Joe Maffesoli - Grosse Pointe Park, MI   March 13, 2019

To a really unique smart and funny guy. We all enjoyed you and the parties and the good times we spent together at WMU red station on. You will be greatly missed my friend. Condolences to Danielle and all of your family

Posted by Larry Newald & Rolly Arnold - San Diego, CA - friend   March 13, 2019

I have known the Taxman since I met him at East Side Economy Market in the mid seventy's. I was a paperboy & he would order Jawbreaker sandwiches. Needless to say we became friends, he is one of the most Intelligent & wisest man I have ever met & known . He was like a Father figure to me & always had the answers I needed to help me in life.

The tide recedes but leaves behind
bright seashells on the sand.
The sun goes down, but gentle
warmth still lingers on the land.
The music stops, and yet it echoes
on in sweet refrains..
For every joy that passes,
something beautiful remains...

Rest in Peace, Taxman I will definitely miss all of our talks.

Posted by Jim Orlando - Midland, MI - Family Friend   March 12, 2019

R.I.P Hippie, you were loved by many and will be missed by all. Thank you for the numerous escapades in Kazoo back in the 70's, you brought joy, happiness and much laughter to your roomies and their companions, the memories will never leave us.

xoxoxo Barb

Posted by A friend   March 12, 2019

R.I.P. Mike. So many memories from when we were kids. To Sandy and family, I hope as the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. We all love you very much
---D-E-B-O-R-A-H

Posted by Debbie Marshall - Roseville, MI   March 12, 2019

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by A friend   March 12, 2019

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by Debbie Marshall - Roseville, MI   March 12, 2019

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You can now rest in peace Cousin! I'll always remember you sense of humor and pranks as kids.

Posted by Janice Lawler - Monroe Twp, NJ - family   March 12, 2019

I lived in Kalamazoo in the early 70s I had three friends that went to Western and I met Bill through them we were very good friends all the way through the 70's & 80's I would visit him in Detroit frequently. He even came out to see me in San Diego when I lived out there in the 70's. He was quite a unique person he will be missed

Posted by Guy Harinton - San Diego, CA - friend   March 12, 2019

Bill was a good friend and a great storyteller. I'll miss you Wild Bill the Taxman. My condolences to the family.

Posted by Dan Itchue - Grand Blanc, MI - friend   March 12, 2019

Bill was one of the most unique people I've had the pleasure to know. He also had a knack for being in the right place at the right time to observe some of the funniest and odd human behaviors. Bill's retelling of these stories always made me laugh. He certainly had a knack for telling colorful stories. Bill was a good friend and I'll miss him.

Posted by Dan Itchue - Grand Blanc, MI - Friend   March 12, 2019

I still listen to your voicemail from last week and it brings me to tears. I so glad we got to connect over the past few weeks. You will be missed. God bless Bill

Posted by Dante Rapacchietta - Grosse Pointe Farmd, MI - friend   March 12, 2019

Candle

Rest in peace Bill. You will be missed and remembered by those that knew your spirit and humor♡

Posted by Lillian Feliciano - Detroit, MI - friend   March 12, 2019

A very, very special friend who will be sorely missed. May he rest in eternal peace.

Posted by Rhea Taie-Tehrani - Southwest Ranchs, FL   March 12, 2019

Bill was my roommate a couple of years at Western Michigan University in the early 1970's. He was quite a charismatic fellow and exuded a passion for life. His nickname was Hippie and latter the Taxman. He used to walk around campus barefoot with a baby duck (BF Skinner) following him. This was one of his strategies for meeting girls. He also got a puppy (Rex) as another tactic. Over the last month or so, Bill and I were able to catch up and reminisce a few times. He recounted humorous stories about his time at the Internal Revenue Service and the people encountered while running a private tax preparation service. The story he seemed to enjoy the most telling was about his infamous TV advertisements for financial consultation. I will cherish the fond memories we shared forever.
Joe Lowry

Posted by Joe Lowry - Littleton, CO   March 11, 2019

Bill was my roommate a couple of years at Western Michigan University in the early 1970's. He was quite a charismatic fellow and exuded a passion for life. His nickname was Hippie and latter the Taxman. He used to walk around campus barefoot with a baby duck (BF Skinner) following him. This was one of his strategies for meeting girls. He also got a puppy (Rex) as another tactic. Over the last month or so, Bill and I were able to catch up and reminisce a few times. He recounted humorous stories about his time at the Internal Revenue Service and the people encountered while running a private tax preparation service. The story he seemed to enjoy the most telling was about his infamous TV advertisements for financial consultation. I will cherish the fond memories we shared forever.
Joe Lowry

Posted by A friend   March 11, 2019

Bill was my roommate a couple of years at Western Michigan University in the early 1970's. He was quite a charismatic fellow and exuded a passion for life. His nickname was Hippie and latter the Taxman. He used to walk around campus barefoot with a baby duck (BF Skinner) following him. This was one of his strategies for meeting girls. He also got a puppy (Rex) as another tactic. Over the last month or so, Bill and I were able to catch up and reminisce a few times. He recounted humorous stories about his time at the Internal Revenue Service and the people encountered while running a private tax preparation service. The story he seemed to enjoy the most telling was about his infamous TV advertisements for financial consultation. I will cherish the fond memories we shared forever.
Joe Lowry

Posted by Joe Lowry - Littleton, CO   March 11, 2019

To the family of William Rapach, so sorry for your loss. May God's promise found in John 6:40, of the hope to see our loved ones again, comfort your heart and give you peace, strength, and hope in the days ahead.

Posted by LF    March 11, 2019

May we continue to honor and respect all the lessons we have learned; acting as living symbols of a loving spirit. You are in our prayers.

Posted by The Wujek-Calcaterra Family - Shelby Township, MI   March 11, 2019


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