Charles F. Kappler III

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Dec. 14, 2012

Charles F. Kappler, III, 73, of Tunkhannock and Christiansted, St. Croix, passed away suddenly Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.

His loving wife is Nell-Ann Romanansky Kappler, with whom he shared 54 years of marriage.

Born on Dec. 19, 1938 in Kingston, he was the son of the late Charles F. Kappler, II and Hilda Kappler Weiss. He was a graduate of Kingston High School, class of 1956, and attended Wilkes College. He joined the Pennsylvania National Guard and was called up into the regular Army during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He graduated from Officers Training School, Fort Benning, Georgia and was stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Attaining the rank of captain, he was Commanding Officer of the Plymouth National Guard Armory.

Charles was vice president and partner of Kingston Metal Specialties, Luzerne. In retirement he was a gunsmith, owning and operating Auburn Gun Shop, Meshoppen. He was an accomplished cabinet maker who loved to make beautiful pieces for his family. An avid chef, he delighted friends and family with his culinary skills.

Prior to his many physical challenges, Charles was an avid outdoorsman and marksman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, shooting and being out in the woods. He was a long-time member of the NRA and a member of the North Branch Land Trust.

Charles enjoyed the time spent with friends, especially the monthly get-togethers with his KHS buddies. His greatest joy, next to his family and friends, was the time he and Nell-Ann spent in the sun at their condo in St. Croix.

He was a member and past Master of Kingston Lodge, No. 395, F & AM and a past Master of Factoryville Lodge, No. 341, F & AM; Caldwell Consistory, Bloomsburg; Chapter Council and Commandary, Wilkes-Barre; and Irem Temple.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his sons, Charles F. Kappler, IV and his wife, Leah, Dallas; Edward S. Kappler and his wife, Sue, New Hampshire; Christopher T. Kappler, New York; six grandchildren, Carly and Charles V, Dallas and Jacob, Samuel, Barret and Erik, New Hampshire; sister, Barbara Romanansky and her husband Bob, Mountain Top; niece, Jennifer Thomas, Calif.; aunt Melba Dickson, Shavertown.

A Masonic service will be held by Kingston Lodge No. 395, F & AM on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Hugh B. Hughes & Son, Inc., Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort, followed by a Memorial Service conducted by the Rev. Nick Keeney, pastor of the Dorranceton United Methodist Church, Kingston.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m.. and, if desired, stay for the services at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to the North Branch Land Trust, 11 Carverton Road, Trucksville, PA 18708 or The , 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311.

If you need any information or you want to send the family an online condolence, you may visit the funeral home website at


Published in Times Leader on Dec. 17, 2012
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