OBITUARY - JOE FRANCIS JUNIOR TAPSCOTT
Joe Francis Junior TAPSCOTT, age 76 of Lamoni, Iowa, the son of Francis Emerald and Glow (SALISBURY) TAPSCOTT, was born
January 8, 1925 in rural Lamoni and departed this life on March 12, 2001 at Lamoni Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in
Joe graduated from Lamoni high school in 1942. He attended Graceland College for two months before enlisting in the United
States Marine Corps on January 6, 1943. During the 18 and one-half months he served at sea and overseas. He had seen
action in Guam and Iwo Jima. He wore the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre pin (two stars), Presidential Unit Citation (one star),
Honorary Service Button, Good Conduct Medal, the Silver Star Medal, as well as the Purple Heart Ribbons.
On February 22, 1945 Joe suffered serious leg injuries while destroying two enemy Pillboxes during the Invasion of Iwo
Jima. He was evacuated and spent the next 10 months in the Great Lakes Naval Hospital in Illinois. He was discharged from
the service on December 21, 1945.
Joe received his bachelors degree from Iowa State University at Ames, Iowa, then spent an additional year at Drake
University in Des Moines, Iowa.
On January 8, 1949 Joe was united in marriage to Edna Clare PARTINGTON. They were married for 34 years before her death
on May 15, 1983. They had no children.
Joe was a coach, principal, and teacher for 24 years. He spent two years at Patterson, Iowa, three at Mingo, Iowa, two at
Villisca, Iowa, and then 17 years at Grand Valley in Kellerton, Iowa. He coached boys football, basketball, and baseball
and girls basketball. It was during this time that Joe began his lifelong dream of raising cattle. He retired from
teaching in the spring of 1983.
Joe married Donna DRISKILL on October 14, 1983. They continued raising cattle and enjoyed the experience of trying
different purebred breeds.
Joe was aware of how precious life was and thankful for each day. He was generous in giving to others, as he never forgot
what it was like to have little or nothing. He was honest and always strived to be fair. His students were special, they
were "his kids." [Mr. TAPSCOTT was special to us!!!] Donna's sons were special to him also. He thanked her often for bringing them into his life; they too
were "his kids."
He was a member of the V.F.W., DAV and the American Legion. He was a baptized member of the Restoration Church.
Preceding him in death were his parents and brother Jack TAPSCOTT.
Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Donna of Lamoni; step-sons, Steve and wife Sue of Lamoni and Michael and wife
Frances-Anne and their two daughters Bethany and Gwyneth, all of Kennewick, Washington; two sisters, Arlene CHAMBERS and
her sons Scott and Tim of Hood River, Oregon and Patty SCHAFFTER and her three sons Stu, Todd, and Danny, all of Wooster,
Ohio; niece Jackie McCRACKEN of Springfield, Missouri; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at the Lamoni R.L.D.S. Church in Lamoni, on Wednesday, March 14, 2001 with Elder Bud ATWOOD and
Priest Don BOSWELL officiating.
Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Lamoni, Iowa.
Arrangements were made through the Slade - O'Donnell Funeral Home of Leon and Lamoni, Iowa.
A memorial fund has been established by the family.
NOTE: Joe F. J. TAPSCOTT (MCSN: 506208), United States Marine Corps, was awarded the Silver Star for
gallantry in action at Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands on February 22, 1945.
Transcription & note by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2010