Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Herbert E. Kappel

West Allis -- Herbert Earl Kappel, age 90, passed away on Wednesday, February 5. 2014, at West Allis Memorial Hospital. He was born in Racine on , June 15, 1923, son of the late Elmer and Marie (Nee: Lamberton) Kappel.

Herb graduated from Washington Park High School “Class of 1942” and earned a degree from the University of Wisconsin. During WWII he served in the U.S. Navy in the Philippines, Pacific, Africa and Middle East..

On June 14, 1947, at First United Methodist Church, he was united in marriage to Marilyn J. Bittorf. Herb worked in construction for many years at Nelson Company, where he helped build the SC Johnson Tower. He also worked for Sonoco and retired from Camosy Construction.

Herb was a lifetime active member and trustee of First United Methodist Church. He volunteered his time with Habitat for Humanity, the Nomads, and as a member of Kiwanis. His pastimes included fishing, playing cribbage with Marilyn, attending music and theater events with dear friends the Asplunds, Oakleys and Crosbys, tending to his large vegetable garden, house and yard, tinkering around his workshop with his grandchildren, and always lending a helping hand to his children with their projects and needs. He could fix and build just about anything.

Surviving are his loving wife of nearly 67 years, Marilyn; three children, Donald (Diane) Kappel of Omaha, NE, Nancy (David) Bridges of Milwaukee, Janet (Gary) Sherwin of Menomonee Falls; 12 grandchildren: Doug (Tiffany) Kappel, Diana Kappel, Matthew (Jolene) Bridges, Carilyn (Daniel) Ortega, Andrew (Krystal) Bridges, Michael Bridges, Lisa (Tate) Stursma, Eric Bridges, Annalise (Josiah) Hurst, Cassandra Bridges, Joseph Sherwin, and Emily Sherwin; 15 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Barbra; a sister, Wayne Marie Schulz; and two brothers, LeRoy and Andrew C. Kappel.

He will be deeply missed. May he find rest in God’s arms, and may the Angels in Heaven watch out if they are wearing polka dots!

A Memorial service will be held at a later date and will be announced. Memorials to First United Methodist Church or Habitat for Humanity have been suggested.

803 Main St., Racine  (262) 634-7888

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