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Vernon Joseph Tapp, 88, June 27, 2008

Vernon Joseph Tapp, 88, of Wabasha and formerly of Lake City, died Friday at St. Elizabeths Health Care Center in Wabasha. Born Sept. 12, 1919, in Fairdale, N.D. to Ernest and Edith (Melugin) Tapp, he attended schools in Brook Park, Minn. and Northfield, Minn.

Death of veteran: He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. On Aug. 19, 1944, he married Mildred Pinkava at the Methodist Church in Brownsdale, Minn. He lived in Brownsdale for several years and after their marriage they moved to Dexter, Minn. and farmed there for 26 years. In 1970, they moved to Rochester, Minn. and he worked as a Psychiatric Technician at the Rochester State Hospital in Rochester for 13 years, retiring in 1976. They traveled extensively for several years and moved to Lake City in 1999. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Lake City, and a member of the Lake City American Legion Post 110 and the Lake City VFW Post #8729.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred of Lake City; one daughter, Carol (Robert) Hanson of Lake City and one son, James (Janet) of Houston, Minn.; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, Kenneth (Jeanette) of Austin, Minn. He was preceded in death by one son, David, two sisters, and five brothers.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Lake City with the Rev. Donald Jones officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Brownsdale, Minn. with Military Rites by the Lake City American Legion Post 110 and the Lake City VFW Post #8729. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel, in Lake City, MN.

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