Bobby Cape

Bobby Lee "Bob" Cape

Bobby Lee "Bob" Cape, 76, died on October 31, 2012 in Wausau. Bob was born on October 29, 1936 in Littlefield, TX, the son of Johnnie Faye Cape and William "Bill" Cape. He was raised amid the cotton fields of the West Texas prairie. After earning the rank of Eagle Scout and serving in the U.S. Navy, he moved temporarily to Milwaukee, WI in 1960 where he met his loving wife of 50 years, Anina Cape. Once married, Bob and Anina returned to Texas where he attended Texas Tech University and completed a Master of Science in Engineering degree.

Bob enjoyed a long career in engineering that took him to Huntsville, Alabama where he worked at Red Stone Arsenal on the national space program and to Ohio State University where he finished doctorate coursework. In 1969 he and Anina returned to the Milwaukee area where they raised two children, Elizabeth and Michael, while employed at Allis Chalmers, Badger Meter, Rexnord, and Dana Corporation. Bob relocated to Wausau in 1987 to work at Greenheck Fan Corporation, where he managed their information technology section for 11 years. Bob was well respected by his peers and made lifelong friends at all stops throughout his career. After retiring from Greenheck in 1998 he enjoyed traveling with Anina to many places, including Alaska, Florida and Hawaii, and spending time with family and friends at "The Cabin." He loved Wisconsin, but his heart never left Texas and his treasured family history there.

Bob was a unique person with many talents. Those who knew him would say he was "one of a kind." Throughout his life he had a deep respect for nature; he loved spending time at the Cabin and in Wisconsin's Northwoods and was a skilled bow hunter and trout fisherman. Bob was a true individualist who believed in doing things himself and he enjoyed all kinds of projects, big and small. Bob designed his own house, built toys for his grandchildren, made gallons of homemade maple syrup, crafted his own furniture, worked tirelessly at the Cabin, and even constructed his own flintlock rifle from scratch using a block of birdseye maple. He was always working on a project. Along with spending time with family and friends, he loved and enjoyed the Green Bay Packers and listening to a variety of music. He was a dedicated family man and especially fond of the time he spent with his grandchildren. They were his rays of sunshine and they adored him. Bob had a special sense of humor and charm that brought joy and laughter to his friends and family. He was a kind and generous man who supported his family, was involved in his community and was always ready to lend a helping hand to friends and neighbors.

Bob was blessed with a loving family and many special friends, neighbors and co-workers. Along with his wife, he is survived by his brother Lonnie (Shirley) Cape of Lubbock, TX; beloved children Elizabeth Cape (Dan Horvath) of Geneva, IL and Michael Cape (Nicole Penegor) of Wauwatosa, WI; cherished grandchildren Ella, Evan, William and Sarah; and many nieces and nephews. They will miss him dearly.

A memorial service with military honors will be held Saturday, November 10 at 12:00 p.m. Brainard Funeral Home, 522 Adams Street, Wausau, Wisconsin 54403; tel: 715-845-5525 A visitation before the service will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Condolences can be made online at

Bob had a deep love of his country and the men and women who served to protect it. In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Bob Cape can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at 877.TEAM.WWP (832.6997).


Funeral Home

Brainard Funeral Home and Cremation Center
522 Adams Street
 Wausau, WI 54403

Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on Nov. 7, 2012