It is with sadness that we announce the passing of a wonderful husband, father and papa, Roque Tapia. He passed away at home on Nov. 14, 2008, after battling a lengthy illness.
Roque was born in San Jose, N.M., on April 22, 1936, to Willy and Carlota Tapia. At the age of 7 his family moved to Kingman. At the age of 18 he became a certified cement finisher by trade, and was a member of Union Local 394, building bridges along the West Coast for 33 years. He later left the construction industry to work as a chef in Laughlin until he retired. His passion for concrete kept him busy doing many side jobs for family and friends. He loved to watch Western movies, enjoyed spending time with his family and tinkering around the house.
He leaves behind his wife of 32 years, Vera Tapia; his six children, Roque Jr., Ernie and his wife Julie, Frank, Theresa and her husband Normand Carricut, Eddie and his wife Chris, and Christopher and his wife Danelle. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Gabrielle, Arica and Joshua; Ernie Jr., Robert, Brian and Cody Brough; Tina and Celina; Emma Gallant and Lisa Taylor; Raymond and Dominic; Austin and Milena; and several great-grandchildren.
Roque is predeceased by his mother and father, Guillermo 'Willy' and Carlota Tapia, and his brothers, Willy and Thomas Tapia. He is survived by his brothers, Magìe and his wife Mary; Chano and his wife Lucy; Leo and his wife Joan; Floyd and his wife Jeanette; and Phillip and his wife Roz.
He will be greatly missed by all of those who loved him. Visitation will be at 5 p.m. and service will be at 6 on Friday, Nov. 21, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, 1701 Sycamore Ave., Kingman.