Age 98, passed away June 1, 2013. He was born September 12, 1914, in Macedonia. Archie moved to the Lansing area in 1923, and graduated from Eastern High School, and was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Army. He owned and operated Tarpoff’s Restaurant and Catering and had also owned several other restaurants in the Lansing area. Archie was a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, and was a former member of Walnut Hills Country Club and the Country Club of Lansing. In his younger years, he was a golfer and five time Country Club of Lansing Invitational Champion. He was also a softball pitcher, pitching 66 consecutive scoreless innings for the Oldsmobile team, and has been inducted in the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame. Archie was also a member of the Ingham Medical Center Signet Society.
Surviving are: his wife of 70 years, Margaret “Peg” Tarpoff; 4 daughters, Linda Heldman of Scottsdale, AZ, Leslie Peterman of East Lansing, Lori (Greg Welch) Tarpoff of Marquette, MI, and Lisa Tarpoff of St. Joseph; 5 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and son-in-law, Edward Moore. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vangel and Vasilka Tarpoff; daughter, Lana Moore; grandson, Matt Heldman; and sister, Yona Pogoncheff.
The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1701 E. Saginaw St., Lansing, with Fr. Mark Sietsema officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, with a Trisagion service at 6:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to his church or to Grace Hospice, 2205 Jolly Rd., Okemos, 48864, in memory of Archie Tarpoff.