Shawnee Antonio Tapia, 35, of Colorado Springs, passed from this life Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Colorado Springs.

Shawnee Antonio Tapia, 35, of Colorado Springs, passed from this life Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Colorado Springs.

He was born July 26, 1982, to Ricky Antonio and Linda Gene (Day) Tapia in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Shawnee was raised in Choctaw and was a 2000 graduate of Choctaw High School.

He married Sonya Perry in 2000 in Sacramento, California.

Shawnee proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from July 24, 2007, until his honorable discharged on Dec. 16, 2012. He completed his basic training at Ft. Benning in Georgia and was stationed at Ft. Lewis in Washington. Shawnee served in the Infantry and was deployed to Afghanistan with the Bear Troop 8-1 Cavalry.

He was a proud member of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe and was very proud of his Native American heritage.

Shawnee attended Life Church and volunteered with the church. He loved riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle, hiking, collecting Marvel, Star wars, Alien, Predator and Transformer figures and hot wheels. Most of all he loved being a great father to his two children, Gianna and Carlito.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Gilbert and Lovina Washington Day.

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife, Sonya Tapia of the home; one son, Carlito Tapia of the home; one daughter, Gianna Tapia of the home; mother, Linda Day of Choctaw; father, Ricky A. Tapia of Santa Fe, N.M.; sister, Dakotah Cruz Tapia of Choctaw; brother, Ricky Daniel Tapia of Santa Fe, N.M.; and other loving extended family and friends.

Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 16, and continue through service time.

Services will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Johnson Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

To share memories, or to sign the guestbook online, go to www.cooperfuneral.com.