Douglas Frank Repsher Clapper, 79, of Clapper Hill, Laceyville, PA passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. Born July 17, 1934 on Clapper Hill, he is the son of the late Daniel Clapper, Sr. and Sylvia (Repsher) Clapper. He graduated from Laceyville High School as a member of the Class of 1953. In school he was a member of The Road Patrol, baseball team, senior dramatics and yearbook staff.
Doug began helping his father and grandfather on the family farm at an early age and eventually, along with his father, brother and nephew, made it his livelihood.
He married Virginia “Gin” Kelley on June 19, 1954. Together they have three daughters, Vickie, Shelly and Joan. He found great joy in his family, and especially enjoyed the weekly gathering of the whole family for Sunday dinner.
Doug is a member of the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church where members recently honored him for his many years of dedicated service to the church’s many projects.
He is well-known in the area for his 54 years of playing country music. Throughout the years, he played with various bands such as The Ridge Runners, Donna and the Country Gentlemen, Queen of Hearts and Northern Harmony. His love of music and talent for playing was passed down to his children and grandchildren. Doug may be even more famous for his sense of humor. He never left home without a joke.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Gin Clapper; his three daughters, Vickie (Rick) Ellis, Shelly (Steve) Ciprich and Joan (Dan) DeGaramo; grandchildren, Matt (Lori) Ciprich, Meredith (Jared) Sadlowski, Jessi (John) Burgess, Jordy Ellis, Heath, David, and Mitchell DeGaramo; greatg randchildren,
John and Lola Burgess, Hayden and Ava Sadlowski, Atleigh, Delanie and Dylan Ciprich; brother, Denny Clapper; sisters, Donna Harvey and Madge (Allen) Kershner; sisters-in-law, Rita Clapper, Louise Kelley, Marlene Kelley, Linda (Mark) White, Cheryl (Jim) Newhart, Kathy (Jim) Cantone, Deb (Greg Johnson) Dymond, and brothers-in-law, Bob (Pat) Kelley, Chancey (Cassie) Kelley and Dale (Tammy) Kelley.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Sib Clapper; father, Daniel Clapper Sr.; brother, Dan Clapper, Jr.; sisters-in-law, Patt Clapper and Denise Kelley; brothers-in-law, Ken Adams, Ed, Charles, Donald and Burleigh Kelley; mother-in-law, Frances Kelley; father-in-law, Roy Kelley; special niece and “partner in crime,” Kathy Adams, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and dear friends.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. at the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church, with Doug’s daughter, Vickie Ellis, officiating. Interment followed at the Beaver Meadows Cemetery. Family and friends called at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, on Monday, Oct. 21, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Online condolences may be made at www.sheldonfuneralhomes.com.