The Woodward News


August 22, 2013

John Robert “Bobby” Tapia

Woodward, Okla. — John Robert “Bobby” Tapia, 62 year old Woodward resident, died Monday, August 19, 2013 at the Grace Living Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 23, 2013 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in the Shattuck Cemetery.

John Robert Tapia was born on March 27, 1951 in Portales, New Mexico to Salomon Aragon and Eloisa Maria (Gallegos) Tapia. Bobby grew up in Fargo and attended the Fargo schools. He was united in marriage to Minnie Ann Bull on June 1, 1997 at the Jesus First Church of Woodward. They made their first home in Woodward before moving to Sharon in 2008. Bobby worked as a heavy hauler, moving drilling rigs, but he mainly moved mobile homes and houses. He retired in March of 2012 due to ill health.

Bobby loved all kinds of music in his younger days and he loved to make people smile. He enjoyed doing mechanic work, he raced cars, and was quite the collector. Bobby was baptized with his daughter, Carrie in 1996.

He is survived by his wife, Minnie Tapia of the home; his mother, Eloisa M. Tapia of Woodward; sons, Danny Tapia and wife Stacy of Woodward, Jerry Tapia and wife Amber of Fargo; daughters, Brandy Williams of Backus, Minnesota, Carrie Kraft and husband Kris of Shattuck, step-children, Thomas Mitchell of Woodward, Shawn Miller and wife Marilyn of Woodward, Shannon Miller and wife Leona of Seiling, Michael Miller and wife Misty of Woodward, Shalane Miller of Woodward, Sheena Casio and husband Jose of Woodward; brothers, E.R. Tapia and wife Rita of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Leroy Tapia and wife Robin of Phoenix, Arizona; Willie Tapia of Woodward, Felix Tapia of Moriarty, New Mexico, Leonard Tapia of Tampa, Florida; sisters, Lucy Bruce and husband James of Shattuck, Dot Stump and husband Tim of Mutual, Mary Ann Earp and husband Steve of Woodward; 20 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Salomon Aragon Tapia, brother Santiago (Jimmy) Tapia and a nephew M. Lance Riley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Leukemia research with the funeral home accepting the contributions.

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