Neil V KappesApril 21, 1933 ~ August 5, 2017 (age 84)
Neil V. Kappes (1933-2017)
Neil Vincent Kappes, 84 of Cresco, IA, died Saturday, August 5, 2017, at Hawkeye Care Center in Cresco.
Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 10, 2017, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Lourdes, IA. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. Visitation will be held 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home 404 N Elm Street Cresco, IA, with a scripture service at 4:00 p.m. Visitation will continue an hour prior to the time of service Thursday at the church.
He was born April 21, 1933 in rural Ridgeway, son of Leo and Bertha Leibold Kappes. On November 26, 1958, he married Catherine Clynch at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Lourdes, Iowa. Neil graduated from eighth grade at St. Joseph’s School and then attended Cresco High School. Following high school Neil helped his father on the farm and also worked at Brewer’s Produce. In 1952 he enlisted in the Air Force and worked as a physical therapy specialist until he was discharged in 1957. When he returned to Cresco he worked at Myles Kupka’s Tavern until he was hired by the Winneshiek County Secondary Roads Department, where he worked for 38 years retiring in 1995. He was a member of the American Legion Post 597 in Elma and the Farm Bureau. Neil and Kathy lived in Decorah after their marriage and then moved to Ridgeway, living there for six years followed by a move to a dairy farm south of Schley where they resided until settling into the Hawkeye Care Center in December 2016.
Neil was very talented with woodworking and made many beautiful things for his family and friends until he had his first stroke. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger years.
Survived by four children: Gary, Eagan, MN; Karen (Steve Recker) Ptacek, New Hampton, IA; David (Jillaine) Cresco, IA; Robert (Tammie) Dexter, MN; two brothers: Zeno (Helen) Kappes, Burr Oak, IA and Leonard (Angie) Kappes, Ridgeway, IA; Kenny Waller a special family friend; a sister-in-law Betty (Louis) Torkelson, Rochester, MN; and eleven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his parents, his wife Catherine in May 2017, and sisters Rita and Elaine Kappes.