Ralph Tapley Sr.
EAST MILLINOCKET and LINCOLN - Ralph H. Tapley, Sr., 90, went home to be with our Lord on Saturday, June 30, 2018. He was born in Millinocket on April 27, 1928 to the late Ceceil Mason and Edward Tapley, Sr.
Ralph enlisted in the US Army, is a WWII Veteran and was given an Honorable Discharge due to medical and health reasons. With Ralph's vision, hard work, and dedication, the World War II Veteran's Memorial Park in East Millinocket became a reality. He worked for many years at the Millinocket GNP and was a volunteer fire fighter for the town of Medway for 17 years, where he was deemed a hero and instrumental in the task of rescuing a youth from a local tar pit. He considered spending time with family and friends as his most precious job of all.
Ralph was an active member of the East Millinocket First Baptist Church where he was involved with Choir, Bible Study and Sunday School, as well as being a Deacon,
Treasurer, President and Lay Preacher. He was active in the Medway Chapter of the DAV, holding office for Commander, Vice commander and Chaplan. He was also active in the East Millinocket Chapter of the American Legion where he held office as Vice Commander and Commander. Ralph, in his spare time, also enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, filming wildlife, community service, RMHC and collecting old coins
Ralph is survived by four sons, Larry Tapley and wife, Jeri of FL, Edward Tapley of NC, Michael Tapley and wife, Janice of RI and Ralph Tapley, Jr. and wife, Beverly of Lincoln; three daughters, Cathy and husband, Jim Boynton of Old Town, Diane Richard of Old Town and Helen LaPlante and Rick Hafford of Oakland; he leaves behind several grandchildren and great grandchildren who he loved so very much; three brothers, James Mason and wife, Betty of Millinocket, Paul Mason and wife, Pat of NC and Edward Tapley, Jr and wife, Sharon of Millinocket; three sisters, Shirley Lyle of NC, Carolee Brackett and Dolly Richards both of Mattawamkeag; his very special friend, Theo Jipson. Ralph was predeceased by his loving wife of 58 years, Izeldia "Ike" Tapley; his son, Robert Clark and two infant sons; his parents; four brothers, Stanley Mason, Wallace Tapley, Sr., Lester Tapley and Richard Tapley; one sister, Olivine Malone .
Friends may call 12-1 pm on Thursday, July 5th at the East Millinocket First Baptist Church where funeral services will be held 1 pm with Pastor Tim Bossie officiating. Committal services will be held 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 15th at the Medway Cemetary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, 654 State Street, Bangor ME 04401. For an online memory book and to leave condolences please visit www.bowersfuneral.com