John Noyes Tappe, 87, passed away on January 6, 2014. He was born on March 8, 1926, in Los Angeles, California, to parents James and Ruth Tappe. His studies at Notre Dame were cut short when he enlisted in the Army, but he completed OCS and served as an officer at a Japanese POW camp in the Philippines. He was awarded several commendations including the Bronze Star
for his combat infantry in WWII
He attended Loyola University, graduating from Long Beach State with a degree in political science. John met Rhodyne Bedard through the Antonian Club at St. Anthony's in Long Beach, where they were also married in 1949. A real-life "Mad Man," John spent his career with A. Asch Advertising Co, a branch of the Seagram Co. both in California and in New York City.
John spent his free time directing the church choirs, playing golf, reading, arguing for argument's sake, and waxing poetic on the correct ways to hang an American flag.
He is survived by his loving wife; his four children, Kevin, Stephen, Joseph and Anne; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
A rosary and memorial Mass will be held on January 27, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, a reception will follow. John will be inurned on January 28, 2014, at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be sent to Ramona Senior Center or Father Joe's Villages, San Diego.