REPUBLIC, Mich. - Robert William Tapio, 88, longtime Republic resident, passed away Monday morning at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette.
Born July 4,1924, in Chicago the son of William and Alma Tapio he moved to Republic as a young boy.After attending Republic Schools he joined the United States Navy where he served for six years during World War II as an Aviation Machinest Mate First Class. Returning from the service he graduated from Republic High School in 1947. After receiving his teaching degree from Northern Michigan University, he taught in downstate Pewamo, then Republic for one year, and then took a position at Negaunee Public Schools until his retirement in 1981.
Mr. Tapio was a member of the St. Augustine Catholic Church where he served as Lay Reader and an Adult Alter Server. A longtime member of the Republic Michigamme Board of Education he was instrumental in the construction of the new school in 1962. Bob was a member of the Republic Volunteer Fire Department where he was a charter member of their running team, the Grant Nyman Post VFW, Lions Club and the American Legion. Along with his wife, Margaret, he bowled in leagues in Ishpeming and Iron Mountain for many years. His grandchildren were the highlight of his life.
He is survived by one son Robert (Val) Tapio of Harbor Beach; 2 grandchildren, Emily Tapio of Harbor Beach and Even (Sarah) Tapio of Yorktown, Virginia; a sister-in-law, Lorraine Mercier; along with several Nieces and Nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceeded in death by his wife, Margaret, who he married February 5, 1946; along with 2 Sisters and 1 Brother.
Funeral services will be held Thursday 11 AM October 16, 2012, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Greg Heikkila to officiate, with visitation one hour prior to the service, Military honors to follow the service by the Vietnam Veterans Honor Guard with burial in the Republic Cemetery. The Racine Funeral Chapel of Ishpeming is assisting the family.