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Robert Tapp - January 02, 2011


Robert D. ‘Bob’ Tapp, 71, of Lewellen, passed away peacefully at his home early Sunday morning, Jan. 2, 2011.
A Celebration of Life service was held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at the United Methodist Church in Lewellen with Pastor Ray Weinerman officiating. Masonic rites were conducted at the church. Services concluded and a private family inurnment will be held at a later date.
Cremation was held.
A memorial has been established to the United Methodist Church or Memorial Health Center Hospice.
Family and friends may sign the guest book and leave condolences online at www.holechekfuneralhomes.com.
Holechek Funeral Home & Cremations in Oshkosh is serving the Tapp family.
Robert D. Tapp, ‘Bobby’ in the early years and better known as ‘Bob’ in later years, was born on Sept. 15, 1939, in a little farm house east of Lewellen to Clifford and Dorothy (McGill) Tapp.
Bob attended elementary School at District 8 South and then graduated from Lewellen Rural High School in 1957. After graduation, Bob attended Chadron State College for one year and obtained a teaching certificate. His first job was at District #5 south of Lewellen.
Bob and Kay were married on June 18, 1961, at the Lewellen United Methodist Church of which they have been members since childhood.
Bob continued teaching during the school year and attending Summer School at Chadron, receiving a bachelor’s degree and then a master’s degree in Education. His teaching career included Lewellen Grade School, Lisco Grade School and Wauneta Elementary School as principal.
He began his career in the insurance business in 1970 and that eventually took the Tapp family to Fort Collins, Colo., where they lived until coming back to Lewellen in 1977 to live in the house his Grandpa Carson McGill had built around 1915.
Bob sold Life, Health, Casualty and Crop Insurance over the years, finally specializing in Crop Insurance until his retirement.
Bob was a member of the Ogallala Jaycees, a charter member of the Fort Collins Civitan Club, a Master Mason of Oshkosh Lodge #286, and filled several chairs as well as being the Worshipful Master. He was active in the Lewellen Lions Club, Lewellen Volunteer Fire Department and served on the Lewellen Grade School Board.
Bob always enjoyed woodworking, wood carving, and gardening, but, most of all, being with family and friends, playing games and cards.
Bob is survived by his wife, Kay; son, Jeff of Lewellen; daughter, Stefanie and husband Marshall Sanders of Lewellen; brother, Dr. John C. Tapp and wife Marcia of Des Moines, Iowa; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Tapp of Lewellen; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
Preceding Bob in death were his grandparents, parents, and one brother, Jack.0