September 7, 1935 ~ March 9, 2019

Born in: Denver, Colorado
Resided in: Thornton, Colorado

Johnnie Tapparo, 83 passed away on March 9, 2019.  Born on September 7, 1935 at the Lowry Bombing Range.  He grew up in Kiowa Colorado and graduated from Kiowa Highschool in 1953.  After graduation, he went to work for Elbert County.  In 1954, he left Kiowa to work in the oil fields for 2 years.  He then returned to work for Elbert County.  In 1957, he worked construction for Yale Chapin.  A year later, he went to work for Gates Rubber Company and retired after 32 years in 1991.  Johnnie couldn’t stay retired for too long.  He drove a school bus for Mapleton School District for 8 years.  In 1995 and 1996 he showed off his school bus driving skills at the Adams County School District #1 Bus Rodeo and won 1st place both years.  In 2002, Johnnie finally retired to the golf course.

Johnnie married Clara Reese, March 15, 1959.  They had two children, Christine and Tim.  Family was always important to Johnnie.  He always made sure he attended his kids sporting events and school activities and later in life tried to do the same with his grandchildren.  He and his family took many road trips with plenty of adventures.  They saw many parts of the U.S. through the windshield of a 1967 Belair station wagon and then upgraded to a pickup truck and camper.   Johnnie was very active with youth sports, coaching baseball and basketball when his children were young.  Then after his children left the nest, he and Clara became involved in square dancing.  He was the program chairman when the national square dance convention was held in Denver.  John loved going fishing with his son and grandson.  In Johnnies later years, he took up the game of golf and enjoyed many outings with friends, brothers, nephews, and daughter.  He always made sure a golf course was near by when planning vacations.  Johnnie had quite the sense of humor.  People never knew if he was joking or serious.  Johnnie was blessed with three grandchildren, Andrew, Ashley and his angel Abigail.  He is also blessed with many nieces, nephews, good friends and acquaintances.

Johnnie is survived by his loving wife Clara, children Christine, Tim and daughter-in-law Karen, and grandchildren Andrew and Ashley.

There will be a Visitation on Friday, March 15th from 5PM to 8PM at the Horan & McConaty Family Chapel in Thornton, CO at 9998 Grant Street. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, March 16th at 10AM at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Northglenn, CO at 10675 Washington Street. John will be laid to rest at Highland Cemetery following the service.

Please join the family back at the church for a reception following the burial.

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  1. Sorry to hear about Johnnie. He was always a jolly go happy kind of guy.
    Our prayers are with you Clara and your family.
    God Bless.

  2. Hi Clara and Family. My deepest Sympathy about John. He was a jewel. He enjoyed square dancing, and I enjoyed seeing him at various dances..alhough it has been a long time ago, I still remember both of you. I am 91 and still dancing. We are giving up our Saturday night summer square dances, after 60 years..Old Age and Ailments are getting us..We will dance in Windsor 4 Special Dances, June 22-with Dave Guille and Mike Hogan, July 6 – Magic Moutain (Bear, Roger, Debbie and Jeff), July 17-with Jerry Junck,,my birthday and retirement of Greeley cuer-Arlin Sample and Aug 17th, with Dean Dederman. I hate it, butl have to face reality, I guess. Well, Clara, God Bless and Keep you. I will not go to the Service, do not have a ride..the couple I rode with is in a nursing home..time goes by, and things get worse. We have to think of the fun we had some years ago. Best wishes. LaVern Johnson, Red Rock Ramblers Summer Dances, 303 823 5925, Box 9, Lyons, Co. 80540

  3. Hi Clara and Family. My deepest Sympathy about John. He was a jewel. He enjoyed square dancing, and I enjoyed seeing him at various dances..alhough it has been a long time ago, I still remember both of you. I am 91 and still dancing. We are giving up our Saturday night summer square dances, after 60 years..Old Age and Ailments are getting us..We will dance in Windsor 4 Special Dances, June 22-with Dave Guille and Mike Hogan, July 6 – Magic Moutain (Bear, Roger, Debbie and Jeff), July 17-with Jerry Junck,,my birthday and retirement of Greeley cuer-Arlin Sample and Aug 17th, with Dean Dederman. I hate it, butl have to face reality, I guess. Well, Clara, God Bless and Keep you. I will not go to the Service, do not have a ride..the couple I rode with is in a nursing home..time goes by, and things get worse. We have to think of the fun we had some years ago. Best wishes. LaVern Johnson, Red Rock Ramblers Summer Dances, 303 823 5925, Box 9, Lyons, Co. 80540

  4. Clara & family. We are so sorry for your loss. We will all miss John & everyone will miss his sense of humor. We enjoyed dancing with you & working on the various committees for square dancing.
    Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

  5. Clara and family,
    I will miss John and his wonderful smile and twinkling eyes when he laughed and teased me.
    I so enjoyed dancing with you both…..
    My thoughts will be with you all.
    Linda Leadbetter (Fiddlesteppers and Bulletin Assembly Crew)

  6. Clara
    We are sorry for your loss but glad John is no longer in pain. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Nona Moon and Annette Adam

  7. Clara, I am so glad and blessed that you both have been part of my dancing family and so VERY thankful that John volunteered about 15 years as the Post Office liaison for the Denver Area Square and Round Dance Bulletin. You are in my prayers. Love, Dianne

  8. Mom, Chris and Tim,
    So sorry to hear that dad passed. He was the dad at all of our swim meets, always cheerful and encouraging. I loved him and will miss his sweet smile and infectious laugh. May he rest in peace.

  9. My deepest condolences to the friends and family of John. May your treasured memories bring you joy, and may ‘the God of all comfort’ give you strength, along with a measure of peace for your grieving hearts at this most difficult time.
    2 Corinthians 1:3

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