Born on June 24, 1927 in Towanda, he was the son of the late Lloyd Joseph Clapper (June 25, 1985) and Florence Howard Clapper (Nov. 9, 1995).
He was a graduate of the Laceyville High School with the Class of 1944. After high school, Bob served his country for 24 years in the U.S. Air Force. He served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1972 as a Chief Master Sergeant. Bob then moved back to Wyoming County and worked for Procter & Gamble before retiring in 1989.
Bob was an active member of the Franklin Lodge 263 F.&A.M. in Laceyville. As a Mason he was a past master in 1993, a past secretary and a current trustee. He was also a past member of the Irem Temple. He thoroughly enjoyed being a member of the Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include his daughters, Barbara Kapolka and her husband, Stephen of Wilkes- Barre and Patricia Clapper of Meshoppen; his grandsons, Alex Clapper of Meshoppen, Robert Kapolka of Wilkes-Barre and Anthony Kapolka of Wilkes- Barre; his sister-in-law, Ruth Clapper of Retta, as well as nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Muriel Lorraine Clapper (Nov. 5, 1990), whom he married in September 1950, his brothers, Lt. Richard Clapper (July 6, 1960) and Donald Clapper (Jan. 15, 2007) and his sister, Janice Hammond (2013).
Funeral services were held on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. at the Sheldon Funeral Home, SR 6, Meshoppen, with Rev. Gary Myers of the Meshoppen Biblical Baptist Church officiating. There will be military services performed prior to the funeral service by the members of the Rought Hall Post 510 American Legion of Black Walnut, the Dennis Strong Post 457 of Tunkhannock and the Endless Mountains V.F.W. Post 3583 of Mehoopany. The military service will be followed by a masonic service performed by members of Franklin Lodge 263 F.&A.M. of Laceyville. Family and friends called at the funeral home on Sunday from 3 p.m. until the time of the services.
Online condolences may be made at www.sheldonfuneralhomes.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bob’s name to the Franklin Lodge 263 F.&A.M., PO Box 86, Laceyville, PA 18623.