Dave Rapstad


Dave Rapstad’s life was tragically cut short on Sunday evening April 27, 2014 in an automobile accident near Winston, Montana. 

Dave was a happy, joyful, loving man who will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure to meet him. Dave loved life, loved people, and never knew a stranger. He was full of enthusiasm and had a trademark laugh that came from his soul.

Dave was born in Billings, Montana on December 21, 1956 to Arthur and Loraine Rapstad.  He grew up in Custer, MT, where he helped his parents run the Exxon Station. He was a hard worker and always ready to help anyone at any time. 

After graduating from Custer High School, he moved to Billings and earned a degree from Rocky Mountain College. He then went to work for ASCS, and was soon promoted to County Executive Director. He supervised the Forsyth office before being promoted to the District Director position at the Farm Service Agency; which resulted in relocation to Miles City before making Helena his home in 1997.

Dave enjoyed boating, racquetball, and his beloved dogs. He is survived by his wife, Debi, sister Myrna, children Heather and Justin, grandchildren Ashly, Hailee, Haiden, Lucas, Logan, Jordan, nephew Michael and niece Michelle. 

As a loved one said, “it will take an army to do what Dave did for the people in his life”. His life ended fast and with fervor just like Dave lived each day, and our ‘Papa’ will not be forgotten.

The family invites you to join them in celebrating Dave’s life on Sunday May 4th between 1:00pm and 5:00pm at the Rapstad residence, 1270 Lariat Rd. Helena MT, 59602. 

Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Dave.