Charles Francis Kapsa Jr.(1923 - 2012)

Charles Kapsa, retired major U.S. Air Force, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family the evening of Dec. 13, 2012. He was born Sept. 28, 1923, to Agnes and Charles Kapsa Sr. in Chicago, Ill. He is predeceased by both his parents and his older brother, Albert. He is survived by his wife, Beverly Ann Kapsa; daughter, Susan Arlene Kvicala (Kevin); his son, Douglas, by his first marriage to Ann; granddaughter, Kaylee Kapsa (daughter of Douglas and Eileen); his nephews, Albert and Bobby Kapsa; and niece, Patty (Martin) Hartigan.
Charles served loyally from 1942-1970. His service included both officer and enlisted time. He was a command pilot and was awarded numerous medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the air medal and three oak leaf clusters while serving in Vietnam. Flying was his passion and his greatest joy.
He also treasured boating, fishing in the Gulf, woodworking, and time spent with family, friends and pets. He worked hard, played hard and always had a good joke peppered with a pinch of mischief.
Charles was cremated according to his wishes. His cremains will be interred at Barrancas National Cemetery. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m., at McLaughlin Funeral Home in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. All are invited to attend a gathering to celebrate his life in addition to the presentation of Military Honors at Soundside Club, Hurlburt Air Force Base directly following the ceremony.
In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to Sharing and Caring or the Panhandle Animal Welfare, both in Fort Walton Beach.
The family wishes to thank all who cared for Charles during his long illness, including Emerald Coast Hospice and Dr. Lee Ettinger and staff.
Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.McLaughlinMortuary.com.

Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Jan. 8, 2013