KAPHINGST, James E, 79 of Tampa, FL died peacefully at home on June 14, 2013. Jim was born in Clintonville, WI. His Air Force years brought him to Tampa FL where he met his wife of 52 years. Jim was a proud member of Port Tampa Masonic Lodge # 153; Scottish Rite; Egypt Temple Shrine; Tampa Bay Model "A" Restorers Club; and the Hess Coffee Club. Jim lived life to the fullest over the years enjoying antique automobiles, round and square dancing, collecting "Tabs for Tots" for Tampa Shriner's Hospital for Children, and spreading his laughter and quick wit to everyone he met. He was an extraordinary man with a gentle spirit. He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter Dawn (Nick); brother Don (WI); sister Margaret (KS); and other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Port Tampa Lodge #153. To honor Jim's wishes there will be no memorial services.
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Published in TBO.com on June 17, 2013