James W. Stapp 
Tecumseh resident James W. Stapp, 81, died Monday, March 21, in Shawnee. 

He was born Sept. 13, 1923, in Cleveland County to Arthur Richard and Stella (Sloat) Stapp. 

He was reared west of Tecumseh and lived in Lubbock, Texas, after his military service before returning to Tecumseh. 

He attended Knoles Grade School and was a 1942 graduate of Tecumseh High School, where he was valedictorian of his class. 

He served in the U.S. Army as a communications specialist. 

Stapp worked for Sears as a television technician for many years until his retirement. 

He was a member of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Minnie Dezeller and Marie Stapp; and three brothers, Willie, Louis and E.L. Stapp. 

Survivors include his sister, Juanita Stewart of Tecumseh; niece, Patricia Allen of San Diego, Calif.; two nephews, Robert S. Stewart of Tecumseh and Stanley A. Stewart of Claremore. 

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. today at Tecumseh Cemetery with the Rev. Chad Brodrick officiating. 

Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh is directing arrangements.