Kerry Allen Tap passed into heaven on Thursday, November 3, 2022, with his children by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents; Al and Dorothy Tap; and the love of his life, wife Shirley. He is survived by his son, Nick (Lesa) Tap; daughter, Heather (Brad) Sprague; grandchildren, Justin (Rachel) Corwin, Jacob (Kelsey) Sprague, Zachary Sprague, and Lucas Sprague; great-grandchild, Charlotte Corwin; brother, Keith (Marlene) Tap; and a special bonus son, Mark Anderson.
Kerry was born March 2,1947 in Grand Rapids and moved to Lowell at the age of two. After he graduated from Lowell High School in 1965, he then proudly served in the United States Army during Vietnam.
He was passionate about restoring his 1965 Chevelle with son, Nick, and many special friends, along with building motors and transmissions for racers, and helping with and attending the races. Kerry dragged raced during high school and after he returned from Vietnam. Back in the day, he enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was also an excellent carpenter, built houses, and helped others with their building projects.
Kerry enjoyed coaching his kids in baseball and softball and was the President of the Lowell Little League. He gave back to his community through many building and grounds projects in sports, school, and church. He enjoyed his kids and grandkids sporting events through the years, attending as many games as possible. Most recently he was able to see four of his youngest grandsons’ high school football games.
He was a beloved grandfather who enjoyed taking his grandsons on tractor rides, camping, taking naps with them in his lap and telling them stories. Most recently having deep conversations about faith and God. Special joy was felt when he first held his first great-grandchild, Charlotte.
The family will welcome friends and family from 9:30-11 AM on Friday, November 11, 2022, at Vergennes United Methodist Church, 10411 Bailey Dr. NE Lowell, funeral service following at 11AM. Pastor Than Johnson officiating. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery. A luncheon will be served following the service.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Kerry’s memory to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, as he was a 26-year survivor of Leukemia in remission, PO Box 22324, New York, NY 10087.
Heather, Brad, Jacob, Kelsey, Zachary, Luke and the entire Tap /Sprague family,
The Andrade family sends their deepest condolences for the loss of your dad and grandfather. I wish we could’ve met him at the wedding, but God had other plans. May you all find comfort in the love you all shared and may dad rest in the sweetest peace.
Alan and Lorrie Andrade
Nick and family, we send our deepest condolences for your loss. Nan & Tom Price
Nick and Lesa, please know you are in our thoughts!!!!! Dan and Shelli Elzinga
So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.