Kappes Jr. William C. Kappes Jr., 81, of Waynesboro, died on Monday, July 2, 2012.
Son of the late W. Carl and Frances K. Kappes of Huntington West Virginia, and husband of the late Shirley M. Kappes, he is survived by children, Kathy and Jeff, Carl and Marne, and John and Kathy. He was Granddaddy Bill to Blaire, Tayler, Josh, Anna, Will, Jake and Julia and uncle to Deborah, Joan and Fran. He is also survived by his brother, Charles and Tae Im; a special friend, Happy Gilligan; countless friends, colleagues and former patients. Dr. Kappes was a graduate of Episcopal High School, Princeton University (where he was captain of the 150 pound Crew) and the Medical College of Virginia. He was first licensed to practice medicine on June 16, 1956, and served his internship in Durham, North Carolina, residency in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and as a Captain and Chief of Pediatric Service in the Unites States Air Force at Chennault Air Force Base in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He moved with his family to Waynesboro in 1961 to begin his pediatric practice which he continued until 1999. During that time, he was also the Pediatric Consultant to Dejarnette (now Commonwealth Center) from 1975 to his retirement on June 7, 2012. He had a passion for working with handicapped and special needs children, adolescents and young adults. This led him to help found the Waynesboro Sheltered Workshop which expanded into now Vector Industries to give meaningful employment to young adults with disabilities. He also was instrumental in helping found Greenstone Residence in Waynesboro serving special needs adults where he served as its first president. In addition to working with children in his pediatric practice, he considered his serving as Scoutmaster of Rotary Club sponsored Troop 7 from 1962 until 1976 as one of his most rewarding experiences. He also served the community he loved as president of the Jackson Wilson Elementary School PTA, Waynesboro School Board Member from 1980 until 1985 serving as president in 1984 and 1985, and on several advisory committees through the years including Special Needs. He was voted Waynesboro Jaycees Young Man of the Year during his early years in Waynesboro and also a past member of the Waynesboro Rotary Club. He had numerous roles with his church family at St. John's Episcopal Church including serving on the Vestry, as Acolyte Master, Senior Lay Reader, member of the Brotherhood of St. John's, and faithful worshipper in the front left pews. Throughout his life, he could be seen on the golf course, the ski slopes, enjoying the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the hills of Virginia or the waters of the Cowpasture River. He served his family and the community he loved for many years and in capacities too numerous to mention. He was truly one of a kind and will be missed by all who knew him, but leaves fond memories for us to enjoy. The family will receive friends at the Tuckahoe Road residence from 7 until 9 p.m. Friday, July 6, 2012, and in the social hall immediately following the Celebration of Life service which is being held at St. John's Episcopal Church, 473 South Wayne Avenue, Waynesboro, 11 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2012. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Dr. Bill Kappes to St. John's Memorial Fund, Vector Industries, or to the charity of your choice. McDow Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Condolences may be shared at www.mcdowfuneralhomeinc.com
This obituary was originally published in the News Virginian.