Major Pappe was the youngest son of Arthur Pappe and Violet Major
and the grandson of Richard Pappe, Sr. and Louise Kornrumpf. He
was born and raised in Kingfisher, OK and later moved to California
with his wife, Mildred Wittrock (Pappe) and three children. He served
in WW II as a commissioned officer and made his living in the flooring
business, being full partner in a flooring establishment.