Elmer Ward Taplin was born October 6, 1917 at Timber Lake, SD to Charles and Lillian Taplin. He attended a one room school until 8th grade and then went to Madison School, which was a boarding school in Timber Lake. The family moved to Hackensack, MN where Elmer graduated from high school. Elmer ran a trucking company for his brother Clyde in Bacus, MN. In 1939 he started work as a mechanic at Rozum’s in Mitchell and quickly became service manager. He married Genevieve Johnson August 12, 1942 at Mt. Vernon, SD.
They started Taplin’s Service in 1952 at the corner of 1st and Main Street in Mitchell. During the time they were in business Elmer was very active in the Mitchell community. He was a member of the Y’s Men’s Club and a charter member of First Lutheran Church, serving on the council for two years. He helped build the daycare center of Mitchell now owned by the City of Mitchell and also helped initiate the Y’s Men’s Club which is now Mitchell Recreation Center of Mitchell.
Elmer also served on the Mitchell City Council during the 1950’s. He has been active in the Lion’s Club for many decades, in fact went to the Lion’s Club meeting the day of his accident. He was a active member of Resurrection Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his daughter, Sherry Lee Fincher and husband, Bob, Castle Rock, CO; two grandchildren: Matthew Ward Theis and Sarina Theis Collins, two great-grandchildren: Shelby Sky Collins and Takoda Marcus Collins, sister-in-law, Lucille Koch, West Bend, WI.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve in 2005, brothers: Ford, Howard, Clyde and sister, Lillian Williams and brothers-in-law: Doyle and Darrell Johnson.
A Memorial Fund has been established to Resurrection Lutheran Church.