Posted Online: Jan. 09, 2013, 6:01 pm

Jose Tapia Sr.

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Jose Tapia
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Jose Tapia Sr.
Jose C. Tapia Sr., 74, of East Moline, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at his home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Silvis. Rosary will be 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, with visitation from 2 to 4 p.m. at Sullivan-Ellis Mortuary, East Moline. The Rev. Gregory Jozefiak will officiate. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery, East Moline.
Jose was born March 6, 1938, in Yuriria, Guanajuato, Mexico, the son of Erasmo and Nicolasa Pizano Tapia.
He was a grinder, welder and brick mason for Franks Foundry and Sivyer Steel, and he was the first Mexican-American in the Quad-Cities area to hold the position of union president of UAW Locals 1564 and 377. He dedicated 32 years for the betterment of his UAW brothers and sisters. Jose also enhanced the lives of the working community. He was very involved in the political process of the UAW, and he was a staunch Democrat.
He loved family gatherings. He enjoyed cooking, fishing, boxing and working on cars. Jose was quite the "handyman."
He is survived by his sons, Joe (Yolanda) Tapia Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., John (Candice) Tapia, Highland Ranch, Colo., Mark (Laura) Tapia, Troy (Chocos) Tapia, both of East Moline; daughters, Anna Phelps, Rosalie (Roderick Harris) Tapia, both of East Moline, Melinda (Rick) Jimenez, Lisa Anderson, Valerie (Sam) Benjamin, all of Davenport; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; brothers, Erasmo "Eddie" Tapia, Coal Valley, Rodrigo (Luisa) Tapia, East Moline, Maximiliano "Max" (Penny) Tapia, Hampton, Nicolas (Georgia) Tapia, Wisconsin, Margarito (Marieta) Tapia, Houston, Texas, Antonio (Lourdes) Tapia, San Antonio, Texas, Raul (Graciela) Tapia, Rafael (Lucy) Tapia, Jesus (Maria) Tapia, all of Monterey, Mexico; sisters, Isabel (Andres) Tapia de Orsorio, Baja, Calif., Maria Tapia, Cancun, and Sylvia (Elias) Tapia de Carrillo, Monterey; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Manuel and Miguel; and sister-in-law, Tammie.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.sullivanellisltd.com.