MILLINOCKET - Robert James Tapley 68, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, December 12, 2014, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer as a result of exposure to
Agent Orange. Rob was born on September 6, 1946, the son of the late Earl W. Tapley, Sr. and
Helen (Mayo) Tapley. Rob lost his mother at a young age, and was lovingly raised by (Joseph) "Pete" Mayo and Lucille (McVey) Mayo from the age of 5.
Rob was a graduate of Stearns High School, class of 1963 and graduated from St. Francis College in Biddeford in 1967. Rob was extremely patriotic having served in the US Army from 1968-1970, and served in Vietnam as a Sergeant from 1969-1970 as a member of the 1st Air Cavalry. Rob was a decorated soldier, earning many medals including the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Air Medal. Rob was a lifetime member of the VFW. Rob worked at Great Northern Paper for 33 years as a Paper Room Supervisor, and the Training Coordinator at the Great Northern training center. He was an avid reader, rock hounder, and coin and stamp collector. He loved to travel, especially to Alaska, ride his 4 wheeler, and watch golf. He loved his two dogs Homer and Lucy, who will miss him greatly. Rob was a faithful member of Christ the Divine Mercy Parish.
In addition to his parents and grandparents Rob was predeceased by special parents, the Mayos; a sister, Mary; and a brother, Thomas. He is survived by his loving wife Judith (Allen) Tapley, his sons William and wife Andrea of Lisbon, Thomas of Sumter, South Carolina, Phillip and fiancé Courtney Carver of Sabattus; and a daughter Joy and husband Frank Roy of Hermon. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Seth and Emma Tapley of Lisbon, Jake Roy of Spring, Texas, and Mollie Roy of Hermon. Rob also has two brothers Earl W. Tapley Jr. of Millen, Georgia and John Tyson of Millinocket; and three sisters; Ruth Gould and husband Mel of Sherman, Anne Evans of Millinocket, and Suzette East and husband David of Brownville. He also has several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends who will miss him dearly.
At Rob's request, there will be no visiting hours. A Mass of Christian Burial and military honors will take place in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate, or The Katahdin Area Support Group, P.O. Box 374, Millinocket, ME 04462. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.