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Obituary for Melvin Clapper
Melvin Clapper of Greenville died peacefully on November 23, 2017 after a period of declining health. He was 84 years old. Among his survivors he leaves his devoted wife of 65 years, Claribel (Drew) Clapper and their two loving daughters: Gladys Alix and husband George of Greenville; and Rhonda Scroggins and husband Ben of Titusville, FL. He is also survived by his brother John and sisters Elva Clapper, Lois Morris, and Marie Humbardt; and by three grandchildren: Richard Alix and wife Karen; Katrina Alix; and Joshua Alix and wife Heather. He was also the proud great-grandfather of Zachary, Fiona, Emerson, and Zoey. He was preceded in death by his brothers Francis, William, James, and Allen and sisters Lillian Henchy and Helen Willette.
Melvin was born in Fitchburg, MA to the late Delbert and Rehta (Smith) Clapper. After making his way to NH, he worked for New Hampshire Ball Bearings as a machinist for over 30 years. After retiring from NHBB, he worked for a period of time at Robbins Auto Parts. In his later years, he continued to pursue many hobbies that he enjoyed throughout his life. An avid outdoorsman, he loved to hunt and fish, as well as play golf and tend his garden. He loved to joke around and was always quick with a smile. He had a big heart and would do anything to help anyone in need. He was a lifelong supporter of the Salvation Army. His proudest accomplishment was the loving family that gathered for every holiday and many other occasions throughout the year. He enjoyed supporting the many interests of his grandchildren, whether it be baseball and basketball games or theatrical performances and concerts. He was always happiest when his family was around him.
At Melvin’s request, there will be no funeral service. A private burial will take place at the Miller Cemetery in Temple at a later date. The family requests that donations be made to the Salvation Army.