Paul Lee Tappy

December 22, 1953December 28, 2018

Paul Lee Tappy, 65, of Greeley, died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, December 28th, 2018.

Paul loved the Colorado prairie in Northeastern Colorado. Growing up in La Salle, CO, Paul, and his siblings spent their time on the family farm as well as time at the family homestead in Stoneham, CO.

For the majority of his career he worked in the Oil and Gas Industry and retired from Noble Energy in 2012.

Paul was a humble, kind and generous man who was a friend to everyone he crossed paths with. He lived his life around the idea of simplicity, hard work and family always at the forefront. His loss is immeasurable and while those here on earth are mourning heaven is most certainly celebrating the return home of one of the best.

Paul is survived by three children: Joshua Brnak, Mackenzie Tappy, Preston Tappy and daughter in-law Maggie Tappy. He is also survived by his mother Janice Tappy, brother John Tappy, sister Cindy Schmidt and brother-in-law Kevin Schmidt as well as two grandchildren Adalynn and Jonathan Paul Brnak.

He is preceded in death by his father, Lee Tappy, brother, Matthew Tappy and sister, Leeann Rabchenia.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday, January 7, 2019 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, CO 80631. Please visit to send condolences to the family.


  • Celebration of Life Monday, January 7, 2019

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Don & Bonnie Deibel

February 2, 2019

To Cindy & the family & friends, Our deepest sympathy & so sorry to hear about Paul. He always was nice when visiting with him. Our thoughts & prayers go out to all of you.

Patrick Healey

January 8, 2019

My sincere condolences go to the entire Tappy family. I was shocked to learn of Paul's passing. I met the family in 1980 when they lived at Hereford, and I met Paul shortly after that. I always had such great respect for Lee and Jan, and of course Matt, one of my favorite students. I last saw Paul when Austin and Sara graduated and I attended their reception. Paul was a very nice man and I really enjoyed knowing him. My heart goes out to all of you, especially Jan, and I hope that you will find some comfort knowing that so many people care and are thinking of you at this difficult time.


January 7, 2019

I was so sorry to learn that your son Paul died last month. I was a friend of Matt and went to his funeral some years ago. I hired Matt years ago when I owned Time Business Systems in Denver and subsequently bought Resicomm Communications in 1994. I know you and Lee both owned WYCO Communications.

Matt always spoke very highly of his whole family especially his Dad, Lee. Lee is buried close to my Ex in-laws Wayne and Ethel Walker at Sunset and I go look at Lee's headstone when I have visited there in the past.

I just wanted to express my sympathy to you as I think and pray for you today. As a Mom myself my heart aches for you. I pray for peace for you and know that they are both in our Father's loving arms.
Just wanted you to know...
Julie (Walker) Richards

Jolene Kline

January 7, 2019

Janice, Josh, Preston and MacKenzie,
My sympathy to you today. I will always think of Paul with a smile on my face and remember him reaching through the fence around my garden to "steal" cherry tomatoes or baby cucumbers. I will always remember Paul standing outside my garden and catching plump ripe tomatoes as I tossed them to him from inside my garden; I smile when I remember his one handed antics, dropping more than he caught. I smile when I think of the child-like expression he would offer up when he wanted something silly.

Paul was generous with his time, a gentle and kind soul; and a good person. You can be proud to be his mother and children.

Connie Ley

January 4, 2019

Memories are flowing throughout my mind as I am writing this. Paul was an important part of my life in earlier years not only as team member at Noble Energy but also on the personal side of life. The bike rides, the drinks, dancing, dinners, the friendship, Oran and so much more. I am so saddened by Paul's passing, but I also know that Paul is in a better place. Paul made an impact on many lives and will forever be remembered. Rest in peace my long time friend and I will always love you.
Connie Ley

Laurie VanderLinden

January 2, 2019

Met Paul a few years back when he would come to Glen Ullin ND camping. He was a very good friend and he will be missed.
Clayton & Laurie VanderLinden

Dave Miller

January 1, 2019

I met Paul in 87 was the best friend you could ever ask for lots of good memories I will miss you Paul

Oran Schmeeckle

December 31, 2018

My brother Paul, there are too many great times to ever express how much I will miss you. Your devoted friendship, our many years in the “oil patch” together and the always adventures motorcycle ride we “Crude Rider” will never be forgotten, Love You Man!!

Bill Sterck

December 31, 2018

There are so many great memories. I talk many times of the fun I had as a kid staying at the Farm, picking pickles, spending the money on .22 rounds, and just having fun playing in the fields. In the late 90's Paul would come out to hear a band I played in in Greeley and we would be able to visit. Unfortunate I lost track of his family and found out through Kathy Horning of Paul's passing. I have a picture of Paul's Mom Jan, Freda Royer, and my mom on the wall so I am reminded of the wonderful Tappy family often. My thoughts and prayers are with all.