Jerry Tapper, 56

Jerry Andrew Tapper, the youngest of three children, was born in Chicago, Ill., to Warren and Ethel Tapper Oct. 27, 1956. He departed this world Dec. 29, 2012. He leaves to mourn his passing his sister, Joyce Stewart and husband Dick; nephews, Cory Stewart and his wife Gabrielle, Adam Stewart and his wife Erin; grand-nephew, Mason; grand-nieces, Hailey, Chloe, Emma and Courtney; special friends, Laura and Leroy Lindner; his MNIS family, and a host of community friends. Jerry spent his early years in Arlington Heights, Ill., and moved to Holiday, Fla. in 1959. In the mid 60s he moved to Broken Bow with his mother. He attended Broken Bow Cooperative where he received special education. In 1974, he entered MNIS. Jerry was a familiar sight in the community wearing his signature suit jacket, his fedora, and carrying his briefcase. He enjoyed stopping in to nearly every store in the community. He especially took pleasure in his trips to Florida to visit his beloved sister Joyce and her family. He loved going there for Christmas and looked forward to the plane ride that would take him there. He always had wonderful adventures in Florida, going out to lunch with Dick and his cronies, going to the sea aquarium, touring a fire station, visiting in his nephews' homes, or playing a competitive round of miniature golf. Perhaps the biggest highlight of his Florida trips was when he got to go to the Orange Bowl to watch Nebraska play! He cheered on the Huskers with the best of them. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and brother Jack.Funeral services were Friday Jan. 4, 2013, at the Berean Church in Broken Bow with the Rev. Larry DeMoss officiating. Interment was at the Scotia Cemetery, with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements.Memorials are suggested to Mid Nebraska Individual Services.Published in Custer County Chief, Jan. 10, 2013