Eugene W. "Tap" Tapia, 83, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, March 28, 2018. Born in the family home on March 22, 1935, Gardner, CO. in Huerfano County. He is preceded in death by his wife Gail (Stout) Tapia, his parents Evelyn (Bressan) and Jacob Tapia; siblings Marie (John) Roybal, Charles (Edith) Tapia, Garfield Tapia, Dorothy (Arkie) Dolif, Esther (Nick) Butkovich, Evelyn Tapia, Edward (Margaret) Tapia. He is survived by his children, Gene (Christine), Jim (Sheryl), Lori, Jay (Shannon) and Leahann (Troy) Renck, along with, Papa T's very loved grandchildren, including Lindsay (T.J.) Vinci, Megan, Payton and Corte Tapia, Dagin and Brady Renck. Gene is also survived by his sister, Phyllis Tapia along with many other relatives and close friends including his God-children Theresa (Dolif) Bensik and Mark Oreskovich.
"Tap" graduated from Pueblo Catholic High, Class of 1954 where he fueled his love of sports playing on the state championship football team. He made many lasting friendships in school. He was also a proud member of the United States Army Reserves. Gene retired from CF&I Steel Mill and Oregon Steel in March of 1997, where he spent his entire working career as a Brick Mason.
A founding and devout member of Our Lady of The Meadows Catholic Church.
Gene was a Gentle, Kind and Very Proud man. Proud of his Faith, Proud of his Country, Proud of his Work Ethic and most Proud of his Family, Children and Grandchildren.
Please join us as we celebrate a life well lived on Friday, June 1, 2018. Recitation of Rosary at 9:30 a.m., followed by Eulogy. Funeral Mass begins at 10 a.m. Our Lady of the Meadows Catholic Church, 23 Starling Dr. Pueblo, CO. Lunch to follow in Parish Hall. Gene and Gail will be inurned together in The Veterans Court of Honor, Imperial Memorial Gardens.
Gene spent his last days in the Loving Care of the staff of Parkview Hospital MICU. Surrounded by these special people and his family, it is our wish that The Gail Stout Tapia Memorial Nursing Scholarship continues. In lieu of food and flowers please consider donating to PCC Foundation 900 West Orman Ave Pueblo CO. 81004 in his memory.