Thursday, November 30, 2000

Obituary: Scot M. Tappen - Class of 1967

MADISON [Wisconsin] - Scot M. Tappen passed in to the everlasting arms of his savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, November 28, 2000, following a long illness. Scot was born in Madison, Wisconsin, on July 1, 1948, to John R. Tappen and Evelyn (Kluge) Tappen. Scot graduated from Madison Central High School in 1967, and entered the Air Force shortly thereafter. While on active duty as a fighter aircraft electronics technician, he was stationed in Thailand and South Vietnam, and brought home a love for these southeast Asian cultures when he was honorably discharged in 1971. Scot worked for Grant Electronics of Madison for a time, and then at the Madison post office before retiring in 1999. He enjoyed wind surfing, deer hunting and cruising on his recumbent bicycle. Scot attended and was baptized at Grace Baptist Church in Madison, where he put his talents and skills at electronics to work for his Lord. Survivors include his parents, John and Evelyn Tappen of Mount Home, Arkansas; brothers, Craig (Kathey Riggs) Tappen of Redding, California, and Jay (Jane Manion) Tappen of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; sisters, Gail Tappen and Emily Capicik, both of Madison; nieces, Amy Tappen and Jesslyn Capicik; and nephews, Aaron Tappen and Jiri Capicik. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Arthur G. and Hester Tappen of Madison, and Arthur and Amy Kluge of Minong, Wisconsin; his uncle, Dr. David Noll of Verona, Wisconsin; his aunt, Judy (Kluge) Ryan of Dayton, Ohio; and his cousins, Barbara Gonstead of Beloit, Wisconsin, Guy Beardsley of McAllen, Texas, and James Tappen of Buhl, Idaho. A memorial service will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, on Saturday, December 2, 2000, at 10:35 a.m., with Pastor Dean Howell of Grace Baptist Church presiding. Family and friends are invited to attend. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church. The family wants to thank all of those who helped and loved Scot throughout his life. Scot will always be remembered for his gentleness and kind spirit, and his great love of animals and the outdoors.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on November 30, 2000; submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968)

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