Kennneth Charles Capehart, known to all as Ken, 89, St. Clair, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Fenton.
Ken, son of the late Austin Benjamin Capehart and wife Myrtle Ann, nee Mothershead, was born Aug. 15, 1924, in St. Clair. He was united in marriage to Eva Ellen Bailey May 15, 1943, and one son came to bless this union.
Ken was a Christian and longtime member of First Baptist Church, St. Clair. During his working career, he was a proud member of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 1839, St. Louis, where he worked on various projects as a carpenter through the union hall. He was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Army
during World War II
, entering June 2, 1943, and receiving his honorable discharge Jan. 3, 1946. Ken earned five Bronze Stars
and a Good Conduct Medal for his participation in several campaigns in Europe, including Normandy and central Europe. He had a passion for music, playing guitar and singing in his band, Ken Capehart and the Carol County Ramblers. Ken continued to play until about two years ago. He even backed up Loretta Lynn when she first started out. Ken also loved to fish, but what meant most to him was time spent with his family. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will forever live in their hearts.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Austin Benjamin and Myrtle Ann Capehart; one daughter-in-law, Beverly Capehart; and two sisters, Mary "Kate" Dell and Lulu Duemler.
He is survived by his wife, Eva Ellen Capehart, St. Clair; one son, Wayne Capehart and companion Leasa Strader, St. Clair; one grandson, James "J.R." Capehart and girlfriend Brittany Moore, St. Clair; one great-grandson, Kenneth Taj Capehart, St. Clair; one brother-in-law; two sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews; cousins; other relatives and many friends.
A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec 20, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, with the Rev. Cliff Day officiating.
Interment, with full military honors, was in Prospect Cemetery, in Lonedell.
Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church, St. Clair.
The Capehart family was served by Russell Colonial FuKneral Home, St. Clair.