Archie Julius Vap
January 22, 1924
Spring Ranch, NE
January 25, 2011
1940-41 St. Cecilia - Hastings, NE (High School)
1942-43 Hastings College - Nebraska (College)
1943-44 Hastings College - Nebraska (College)
1944-45 Hastings College - Nebraska (College)
1945-46 Hastings College - Nebraska (College)
1947-48 Springfield Squires (PBLA)
Sheridan Exporters (Independent)
Stockman All-Stars - Billings, MT (Independent)
Born to Frank and Celia Vap in Spring Ranch, Nebraska, Archie grew up in nearby Hastings. He attended Cathedral HS in Lincoln before attending Hastings College. He was classified 4-F and therefore excluded from military service. He played professional basketball for the Squires in the PBLA as well as a few pro and semi-pro teams. He moved to Billings to raise a family, and worked at Empire Steel, Saunders Lumber Co., and Roscoe Steel and Culvert Company.
He married Phyllis Anderson in 1948 and they had three daughters and one son. After Phyllis' passing in 1998, he remarried to Betty Ferguson in 2000.
Obituary in the Billings Gazette, January 28, 2011