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Kevin E. Tapken, 63, of Anamosa passed away peacefully with love of his family, Thursday evening, October 31, 2019, at his home as he wished.

Kevin Tapken was born Feb. 7, 1956, University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City. Kevin was the son of Harvey and Dolores (Rickles) Tapken. Kevin graduated from Anamosa Community Schools in 1975. He served in the Army from 1975 to 1985.

Kevin spent his career as a machinist, working at Bennett Manufacturing, Weyerhauser, retired from Energy Manufacturing and worked part-time at Foam Rubber Products until 2018. Kevin was known for his witty personality and charm. He liked that he was a simple man, loved to go mushroom hunting, take long walks with his dog Scorpio, go fishing and attend Kernels baseball games. Kevin knew someone wherever he went. Kevin had a big impact on all those that knew and loved him.

Surviving Kevin are Laurel Davis (special friend) of Anamosa; his daughter, Sarah (Brandon) Thompson, and three grandsons of Atkins; stepson, Andrew (Emily) Koppenhaver, and grandson, Ross of Colorado Springs, Colo.; brother, Kyle (Victoria) Tapken of Monticello; sister, Lora Alm of Michigan; sister-in-law, Roxanne Tapken of Martelle; uncle, John (Lana) Tapken of Marion; uncle, Dale Neunaber of Anamosa; aunt, Donna Joslin of Arizona; special nieces and nephews, Dennis, Matt, Trent, Tiffany, Amy, and Presley, along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Kevin was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Keith; many aunts and uncles; and his dog, Scorpio. At Kevin request there will be no funeral and a private memorial will be scheduled at a later date.

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