Dick Tarpley, Ex-Abilene Editor, Dead at 92 9/18/12
September 18, 2012
ABILENE, Texas (AP) - Former Abilene Reporter-News Editor Dick Tarpley has died at the age of 92.
Abilene lawyer Beverly Tarpley says her husband died at their home Monday afternoon after a lengthy illness.
After graduating from the University of Texas in 1941, he worked at what is now the Wichita Falls Times Record News until he entered the Army Signal Corps in 1942.
He returned to that newspaper after his 1946 discharge, then moved to the Abilene Reporter-News five months later. Beginning as a courthouse reporter, he rose through the ranks before serving as editor in 1979-86. He continued to write a column in the Reporter-News until 1997.
Funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Abilene, with burial at Elmwood Memorial Park.