Donald J. TappeSeptember 24, 1946 ~ April 14, 2020 (age 73)
Mass of Christian Burial for Donald “Don” J. Tappe, age 73, of Norfolk, was held Monday, April 20, 2020 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk. Reverend Scott Schilmoeller was the celebrant. Interment was in the Stanton Cemetery. Military honors were conducted by the Nebraska Army National Guard Honor Guard, American Legion Post 88 and VFW Post 3602. Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.
Donald was born in Lynch, NE to his parents Bill and Alma (Lueken) Tappe on September 24, 1946. He graduated Burns (Norfolk Catholic) High School in Norfolk in 1964. In 1969, Don graduated from Wayne State College with his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Management. He served in the U.S. Army at Fort McClellan, Alabama in 1969 and in Vietnam in 1970.
On July 1, 1967, Donald married Judy Kay Lehman. They made their home in Norfolk before moving to Alabama for a year. In 1971, they moved to Stanton, where they resided until moving to Norfolk in 1976.
Don worked for Heckman Glass in Norfolk and eventually became the owner of the business. He retired in 2005.
Don enjoyed fishing, hunting and some days simply walking along the Elkhorn River. He liked to go camping with Judy and the dogs. Also, Don enjoyed being involved with Jenny and Dan’s activities when they were going up. Some of his favorite times were visiting Dan and Jingbo at their home in the desert mountains of California. He enjoyed going to many sports events involving Anden, Taelin and Atley.
He is survived by his son Dan (Jingbo) Tappe of CA, siblings Mel (Terri) Tappe, Duane (Diana) Tappe, Ron (Joan) Tappe, and Joan Peterson, sister-in-law Barbara Tappe, many nieces and nephews, and special friends Angie (Travis) Baumann and their children, who were grandchildren to Judy and Don, Anden, Taelin and Atley Baumann.
Donald was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Judy, daughter Jenny, parents, sister Loretta Ludemann, brother Harold Tappe, brother-in-law Bob Ludemann, Sr. nephew Bob Ludemann, Jr., and brother-in-law Elwood Peterson.