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TAPPER, Melvin 1926-1931


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/2/2015 at 15:11:48

Melvin Tapper Dies Following Operation

Melvin, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Tapper, passed away last Wednesday night at the Allen Memorial hospital in Waterloo following an operation for a ruptured appendix on Tuesday. He was 5 years, 10 months and 2 days old.

The funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, Dec. 12, at the Reformed church in Stout, after short services at the home with Rev. W. J. Heyenga in charge. The pastor spoke from James 4:14, "For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away" in the German language and in English from the text I John 4:8, "God is love."

Interment was made in the Stout cemetery.

The attendance at the services was large. Besides the pews, chairs and benches had to be used for seating purposes. In attendance from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Bonno Tapper, Iowa City; Wird Smidt and family, Miss Marie Reiher, Mrs. Riner Reiher, Mrs. D. Tellinghuisen, Mr. and Mrs. H. Westendorf, Mr. and Mrs. H. Herren, Jake Herren and Mrs. J. Heddens, all of Allison, and Mr. and Mrs. Will Clarke, Conrad.

Precious darling, he has left us,
Left us, yes, forever more
But we hope to meet our loved one
On that bright and happy shore.
Lonely the house, and sad the hours
Since our dear little Melvin's gone.
But, oh, a brighter home than ours
In Heaven is now his own.

Obituary Melvin Louis Tapper
(By Rev. W. J. Heyenga)

The departed, Melvin Louis Tapper, was born Feb. 7, 1926. The span of his life was to be brief in God's all-wise providence. On Tuesday he was operated upon for appendicitis at the Allen Memorial hospital at Waterloo. It was discovered that the appendix had ruptured, which perhaps attributed to the hastening of his end. After an illness of about two weeks' duration the deceased gave up the life of this earthly realm to enter the higher realm where life knows of no time and change. He succumbed on Wednesday night, December 9, 1931, reaching the age of 5 years, 10 months and 2 days.

He leaves his earthly home with his grief stricken parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Tapper, and three brothers, Theodore, Otto and Harvey, besides relatives and friends.

The sorrowing parents and brothers of the departed have the sympathy of their neighbors and friends at this time of divine visitation. There is a loss for the bereaved family which no earthly means can replace but what is their loss is Melvin's invaluable gain which he now possesses. This is our comfort, firm hope and conviction as children of the living God. The Lord hath indeed said, "Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God."

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 17 December 1931, pg 4


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