Gordon E. Tapper, 88, of Hutchinson
Funeral services for Gordon “Gordy” Eugene Tapper, 88, of Hutchinson, were held Monday, March 24, at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. The Rev. Paulus Pilgrim officiated.
Mr. Tapper died Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at the Ecumen Oaks in Hutchinson.
Interment was in the Monticello Riverside Cemetery in Monticello.
The pianist was Karin Wickman, and soloist Dan Wickman sang “How Great Thou Art” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” The congregational hymns were “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” and “There Will Be Peace In the Valley.” The recessional hymn was the “Tiger Fight Song.”
The pallbearers were his grandchildren, Ryan Bonniwell, Jennifer Kosar, Sarah Moberg, David Tapper, Joseph Tapper, Peter Tapper and Adam Tapper. Honorary pallbearers were Ron Max, Tom Wick, Joe Thies, Dave Matasovsky, Marc Max, Kevin Max, Bill Haas and Dan Wickman.
Mr. Tapper was born in Monticello on Sept. 29, 1925, to Oscar and Florence (Young) Tapper.
After he graduated from high school, Mr. Tapper attended Hamline University, where he met his future wife, Peggy May Fisher. They married and moved to Hutchinson in 1947. A family was soon to follow: Barbara, Thomas, William and Robert.
Mr. Tapper began his long career as a field representative for Investors Diversified Services, a calling that would last for more than 50 years. He was promoted several times throughout his career, which was highlighted by his service as a district manager for a team of representatives that earned numerous regional and national awards for outstanding performance.
Mr. Tapper was an avid pheasant and duck hunter, and a summer never passed by without a fishing trip to Canada with friends and family, or a summer vacation on Cedar Lake near Annandale.
But his heart was always with anything Tiger. Mr. Tapper was a lifelong fan of the Hutchinson Tigers. His support for Tiger athletics began as a fan attending football games at the Hutchinson football field along the Crow River and basketball games played at the high school auditorium. His support for the Tigers continued over a span of nearly 60 years through the football season this fall. He enjoyed it all: football, basketball (boys and girls) and baseball. He gave much to the school athletic programs, including providing financial assistance to students in need.
Mr. Tapper was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig Disease (ALS) in October 2013, and succumbed to this debilitating disease on Wednesday, March 19.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Peg Tapper of Hutchinson; daughter, Barb (Steve) Peryam of Casper, Wyo.; sons, Tom (Jane) Tapper of Dundas, Bill (Sherry) Tapper of Burnsville, and Bob Tapper of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Ryan (Candy) Bonniwell, Jennifer (Andrew) Bonniwell Kosar, Sarah (Chuck) Tapper Moberg, David (Kristine) Tapper, Joseph (Courtney) Tapper, Peter (Jessica) Tapper and Adam Tapper; 20 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Oscar and Florence Tapper; and brother, Donald Tapper.
Memorials are preferred in his name to the 423 Foundation and dedicated to Hutchinson athletics.
Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online guest book and obituaries are available at www.hantge.com. Click on death notices/obitu