Western Slope Obituaries 8-15-11 | TheFencePost.com

Western Slope Obituaries 8-15-11

Jack Kenneth Kappel, 74, of Montrose, Colo., passed peacefully on June 21, 2011, at Montrose Memorial Hospital with family by his side.

Jack was born in Montrose on Jan. 21, 1937 and was always fond of recalling the times he spent hiking, fishing and hunting in the surrounding mountains during his life. Buckhorn Lake was one of his favorite places.

Jack graduated from Montrose County High School with the class of 1955. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps and as a member of the Camp Pendleton Marine Band.

Jack married Sally Ann Barton on June 21, 1959. After earning a BS in biology at UNC in Greeley, he and Sally moved to Paonia, Colo., where Jack taught science and coached athletics. He later earned a master’s degree and accepted a position as professor of anatomy and physiology at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo., where he and Sally lived and raised their four children to adulthood.

During those same years, Jack enjoyed pursuing the wide range of activities that interested him and at which he excelled. He was a farmer, a brown belt in judo, an avid amateur herpetologist, an author, a scientist and a musician. Jack was a member of a much-loved musical group known as “The Professors.” He played guitar and used the gift of a beautiful tenor voice to sing the songs that will long be remembered by his family and friends.

In 1987, Jack was hired as a middle school science teacher on the Zuni Reservation in New Mexico where he spent the next 14 years as a greatly respected teacher, mentor and friend to the young people of Zuni.

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Jack retired from Zuni in 2002 and returned to his hometown of Montrose, Colo.

Over the years, Jack became the proud grandfather of four grandchildren and would from then on be referred to by his family as “Papa Jack.”

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Kappel and Elizabeth Dougherty Kappel and his brother, Wilbur Kappel.

He is survived by his sister, Kathy Gordon (Wayne) of Montrose, Colo.; the mother of his children, Sally Kappel of La Junta, Colo.; his daughters, Kimberly Schug (Jay) of Fort Collins, Colo., Kelly Kappel of Fort Collins, Colo., Becky Kappel of La Junta, Colo.; his son, Brad Kappel (Luanne) of Windsor, Colo.; and his four grandchildren, Alex, Jackson, Kellen and Amy. Tom Dougherty, Jack’s cousin, lives in California and was a great friend and supporter of Jack.

At Jack’s request, there will be no formal services. A family memorial service is being planned. For friends who would like to pay their respects, please consider making a donation to your favorite charity or passing along a kindness in his honor.

Jack Kenneth Kappel, 74, of Montrose, Colo., passed peacefully on June 21, 2011, at Montrose Memorial Hospital with family by his side.

Jack was born in Montrose on Jan. 21, 1937 and was always fond of recalling the times he spent hiking, fishing and hunting in the surrounding mountains during his life. Buckhorn Lake was one of his favorite places.

Jack graduated from Montrose County High School with the class of 1955. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps and as a member of the Camp Pendleton Marine Band.

Jack married Sally Ann Barton on June 21, 1959. After earning a BS in biology at UNC in Greeley, he and Sally moved to Paonia, Colo., where Jack taught science and coached athletics. He later earned a master’s degree and accepted a position as professor of anatomy and physiology at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo., where he and Sally lived and raised their four children to adulthood.

During those same years, Jack enjoyed pursuing the wide range of activities that interested him and at which he excelled. He was a farmer, a brown belt in judo, an avid amateur herpetologist, an author, a scientist and a musician. Jack was a member of a much-loved musical group known as “The Professors.” He played guitar and used the gift of a beautiful tenor voice to sing the songs that will long be remembered by his family and friends.

In 1987, Jack was hired as a middle school science teacher on the Zuni Reservation in New Mexico where he spent the next 14 years as a greatly respected teacher, mentor and friend to the young people of Zuni.

Jack retired from Zuni in 2002 and returned to his hometown of Montrose, Colo.

Over the years, Jack became the proud grandfather of four grandchildren and would from then on be referred to by his family as “Papa Jack.”

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Kappel and Elizabeth Dougherty Kappel and his brother, Wilbur Kappel.

He is survived by his sister, Kathy Gordon (Wayne) of Montrose, Colo.; the mother of his children, Sally Kappel of La Junta, Colo.; his daughters, Kimberly Schug (Jay) of Fort Collins, Colo., Kelly Kappel of Fort Collins, Colo., Becky Kappel of La Junta, Colo.; his son, Brad Kappel (Luanne) of Windsor, Colo.; and his four grandchildren, Alex, Jackson, Kellen and Amy. Tom Dougherty, Jack’s cousin, lives in California and was a great friend and supporter of Jack.

At Jack’s request, there will be no formal services. A family memorial service is being planned. For friends who would like to pay their respects, please consider making a donation to your favorite charity or passing along a kindness in his honor.

Jack Kenneth Kappel, 74, of Montrose, Colo., passed peacefully on June 21, 2011, at Montrose Memorial Hospital with family by his side.

Jack was born in Montrose on Jan. 21, 1937 and was always fond of recalling the times he spent hiking, fishing and hunting in the surrounding mountains during his life. Buckhorn Lake was one of his favorite places.

Jack graduated from Montrose County High School with the class of 1955. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps and as a member of the Camp Pendleton Marine Band.

Jack married Sally Ann Barton on June 21, 1959. After earning a BS in biology at UNC in Greeley, he and Sally moved to Paonia, Colo., where Jack taught science and coached athletics. He later earned a master’s degree and accepted a position as professor of anatomy and physiology at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo., where he and Sally lived and raised their four children to adulthood.

During those same years, Jack enjoyed pursuing the wide range of activities that interested him and at which he excelled. He was a farmer, a brown belt in judo, an avid amateur herpetologist, an author, a scientist and a musician. Jack was a member of a much-loved musical group known as “The Professors.” He played guitar and used the gift of a beautiful tenor voice to sing the songs that will long be remembered by his family and friends.

In 1987, Jack was hired as a middle school science teacher on the Zuni Reservation in New Mexico where he spent the next 14 years as a greatly respected teacher, mentor and friend to the young people of Zuni.

Jack retired from Zuni in 2002 and returned to his hometown of Montrose, Colo.

Over the years, Jack became the proud grandfather of four grandchildren and would from then on be referred to by his family as “Papa Jack.”

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Kappel and Elizabeth Dougherty Kappel and his brother, Wilbur Kappel.

He is survived by his sister, Kathy Gordon (Wayne) of Montrose, Colo.; the mother of his children, Sally Kappel of La Junta, Colo.; his daughters, Kimberly Schug (Jay) of Fort Collins, Colo., Kelly Kappel of Fort Collins, Colo., Becky Kappel of La Junta, Colo.; his son, Brad Kappel (Luanne) of Windsor, Colo.; and his four grandchildren, Alex, Jackson, Kellen and Amy. Tom Dougherty, Jack’s cousin, lives in California and was a great friend and supporter of Jack.

At Jack’s request, there will be no formal services. A family memorial service is being planned. For friends who would like to pay their respects, please consider making a donation to your favorite charity or passing along a kindness in his honor.

Jack Kenneth Kappel, 74, of Montrose, Colo., passed peacefully on June 21, 2011, at Montrose Memorial Hospital with family by his side.

Jack was born in Montrose on Jan. 21, 1937 and was always fond of recalling the times he spent hiking, fishing and hunting in the surrounding mountains during his life. Buckhorn Lake was one of his favorite places.

Jack graduated from Montrose County High School with the class of 1955. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps and as a member of the Camp Pendleton Marine Band.

Jack married Sally Ann Barton on June 21, 1959. After earning a BS in biology at UNC in Greeley, he and Sally moved to Paonia, Colo., where Jack taught science and coached athletics. He later earned a master’s degree and accepted a position as professor of anatomy and physiology at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo., where he and Sally lived and raised their four children to adulthood.

During those same years, Jack enjoyed pursuing the wide range of activities that interested him and at which he excelled. He was a farmer, a brown belt in judo, an avid amateur herpetologist, an author, a scientist and a musician. Jack was a member of a much-loved musical group known as “The Professors.” He played guitar and used the gift of a beautiful tenor voice to sing the songs that will long be remembered by his family and friends.

In 1987, Jack was hired as a middle school science teacher on the Zuni Reservation in New Mexico where he spent the next 14 years as a greatly respected teacher, mentor and friend to the young people of Zuni.

Jack retired from Zuni in 2002 and returned to his hometown of Montrose, Colo.

Over the years, Jack became the proud grandfather of four grandchildren and would from then on be referred to by his family as “Papa Jack.”

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Kappel and Elizabeth Dougherty Kappel and his brother, Wilbur Kappel.

He is survived by his sister, Kathy Gordon (Wayne) of Montrose, Colo.; the mother of his children, Sally Kappel of La Junta, Colo.; his daughters, Kimberly Schug (Jay) of Fort Collins, Colo., Kelly Kappel of Fort Collins, Colo., Becky Kappel of La Junta, Colo.; his son, Brad Kappel (Luanne) of Windsor, Colo.; and his four grandchildren, Alex, Jackson, Kellen and Amy. Tom Dougherty, Jack’s cousin, lives in California and was a great friend and supporter of Jack.

At Jack’s request, there will be no formal services. A family memorial service is being planned. For friends who would like to pay their respects, please consider making a donation to your favorite charity or passing along a kindness in his honor.