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Tapler, Robert "Bob" Otto

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April 9, 1926 - August 20, 2016

Tapler, Robert "Bob" Otto

Robert Otto Tapler, age 90, died peacefully in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

Bob was born on April 9, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan to Vincent and Frances Tapler. He served during WWII in the US Navy in communications. He attended the University of Michigan and received an engineering degree. He married Mary Dee Connelly on September 11, 1954. After moving to Dallas in 1964, Bob worked in manufacturing, soon starting his own packaging company. He was a wonderful boss and was known as “Daddy Bob” to his employees. He enjoyed playing golf and was very proud of his two holes-in-one. He loved crossword puzzles, playing bridge, and dancing with the Swinging Saints. He and Dee traveled the world visiting beautiful destinations. He will be remembered as an amazing and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Mary Dee Tapler. His four children: Deborah Anne Tapler (Jeffrey Horswell), William Robert Tapler (Magdalen Tapler), Nancy Dee McMenamy (Brian McMenamy), and Thomas Donald Tapler (Madison Tapler). His eight grandchildren: Shannon Horswell Sadek (Steven Sadek), Calli Beth Tapler, Mackenzie Tapler Welsh (Matthew Welsh), Austin Otto Tapler, William Alan Tapler, Kristen McMenamy Crouch (Aric Crouch), James-Thomas Vincent Tapler, and Josslyn Kate Tapler. His two great-grandchildren: Jack Amir Sadek and Scott Lee Sadek.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2016, at the Edgemere Retirement Community Auditorium on 8523 Thackery Street in Dallas at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that memorial contributions be directed to UT Southwestern Medical Center, P.O. Box 910888, Dallas, TX 75391-0888 payable to UT Southwestern Medical Center or online at www.utsouthwestern.edu/donatenow to support the Friends of Alzheimer’s Disease Center to continue research to find a cure for dementia.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
214-306-6700

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Bob Billner

August 23, 2016 3:25PM

Uncle Bob, you were always there for me as a role model and mentor. Backyard basketball games, U of M football games, Engineering school encouragement, overnight visits in St. Louis, my home away from home while living in Dallas. We always remained close over the years. Dottie and I have so many fond memories, and we know your example and guidance will continue to influence our lives.


Bob Praechter

August 22, 2016 7:00PM

To Dee and the entire Tappler clan please except my condolences. Bob was such a great guy and I always consider him a good friend. The trips that we made together and things we did together were wonderful remembrances. From St. Louis we love you all.


Julie Cortelezzi

August 22, 2016 5:26PM

Uncle Bob, you will be terribly missed. You were an amazing Daddy, Grandpa and loving Uncle. It was obviously how much your family loved you and treasured you. I know your legacy will carry on, but life just won't be the same without you. I love you! - Julie


Sandra Nall loewe

August 22, 2016 3:58PM

To the entire tapler family I am sorry to here of bobs passing he was a awesome guy I enjoyed all of u may he rip praying for all of you