Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Founder of Zapps Potato Chips Dies...sad day for me...B-Q is my favorite...

ZAPPE Ronald Joe Zappe, age 67, of Baton Rouge, LA, died on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 in Houston, TX due to complications arising from treatment of cancer. Ron was born in Beaumont, Texas, on February 15, 1943 to parents Verline and Lester Joseph Zappe. He grew up in Houston, Texas, and attended Reagan High School. He studied Industrial Engineering at Texas A&M, Class of '65, where he quickly distinguished himself by being named Outstanding Freshman in 1961. He gained further notoriety among his Aggie peers when he was charged with cattle rustling for his part in the capture The University of Texas mascot, Bevo, in 1963. Ron began his career with Ingersoll Rand but showed the first signs of his entrepreneurial spirit when he launched Flow-Quip, the first of many oil supply related businesses. In 1985, in the midst of the oil crisis, he made what proved to be a brilliant move from crude oil to peanut oil when he founded Zapp's Potato Chips and settled in to his life's calling. He donated time and money (and LOTS of chips) to numerous charities. He was known for his generosity, his over-the-top personality and love of a good time. He is survived by the love of his life, Anne Grantham Zappe; his daughter, Kristin Zappe Hopper and husband, Tim of Bloomfield, New Jersey; his son, Eric Campbell Zappe and wife, Catherine of Jacksonville, Florida; three grandchildren: Matthew, Katie, and Jack Hopper; and his sister, Joan Zappe Brown and husband, George of League City, Texas. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 1:00 p.m at St. James Episcopal Church, 205 North Fourth Street in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with visitation starting 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to LSU Rural Life Museum at 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3424 or the charity of your choice. Rabenhorst Funeral Home in Charge of Arrangements.
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