Edward Wapp (Wahpeconiah) Jr.
Edward Wapp (Wahpeconiah) Jr., 72, passed away on Monday, April 18, 2016.
Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at Fairview Cemetery in Apache with Tina Baker officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home.
Ed was born May 19, 1943, in El Reno to Edward and Josephine (Myers) Wapp Sr. Ed's calling was music; he knew this at a young age. A lifetime was spent lecturing and performing the Native American flute, both in the U.S. and abroad. However, piano was Ed's passion; up until his illness he practiced daily and continued studying piano with Dr. LabÈ at Cameron University. Ed believed in lifelong learning. Although he played many instruments, most recently he was learning to play the bassoon.
A master's degree in ethnomusicology was earned at the University of Washington, Seattle. While doing doctoral work there, Ed taught courses in Native American music traditions. This expertise is why Ed was recruited to teach at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), a four-year college in Santa Fe, N.M. Ed remained a faculty member there for almost 20 years. Until his retirement from the IAIA eight years ago, Ed taught hundreds of students piano and flute, as well as contemporary and traditional music forms of many cultures.
French was one of the five languages Ed spoke, his ability to speak and write French took him to the University of Paris to lecture on Native American music. Ed was not idle. He was an avid reader and if he had any time to spare, he would write fiction or letters to his many friends throughout the world, and then he would sew or bead. However, Ed would want to be remembered for the care he gave his mother, Josephine Wapp. She was a major influence on Ed's cultural education.
Mr. Ed Wapp was a scholar, he researched and wrote and had multiple talents. He was also a teacher to many, a friend to many and will be greatly missed by many.
He is survived by nephews, many cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by: parents: Ed and Josephine Wapp Sr.; a sister and brother-in-law, Barbara (Wapp) and Joseph Lambert; grandparents: James and Heva Lena (Fischer) Myers; aunts: Nima Hailman and Kathryn Waddle; uncles: Randlette, Ike, Vincent, Walker, Melvin and Jack Myers; and niece, Richelle Lambert.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.