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Obituary for George Kapanke

OBITUARY WITH FLAG AND PHOTO Bangor – Dateline George E. Kapanke George E. Kapanke, 86, of Bangor, entered into the heavenly presence of his Savior on Monday, December 29, 2014. He was born April 15, 1928, at St. Mary's Hospital, Sparta, Wis., to George Otto and Rose (Schroeder) Kapanke. George graduated from Bangor High School after which he served his country in the Korean Conflict and returned to Bangor to marry his wife Joanne Campbell. After working with his father at Kapanke's IGA in Bangor, George purchased the business, successfully managing it for many years. After working for several different businesses, he retired from FoxMeyer, a job which gave him a great deal of satisfaction. George was a member of St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Bangor where he has been a member of the choir for 60 years. He also was a 50 year member of the Anderson-Good American Legion Post 40 of Bangor and served several years on the La Crosse County Historical Preservation Committee. A man of integrity, George was devoted to his Lord, family, friends, and community and graced our lives with kindness, compassion, and a sense of humor. He is survived by his beloved wife, Joanne (Campbell) Kapanke; daughter, Susan Kapanke of Elkhorn, Wis.; son, David and Lynn (Richardson) Kapanke and their son, Nathaniel of Sun Prairie, Wis.; brother, Frederick and Patricia (Kirchner) Kapanke of Eau Claire, Wis.; two sisters-in-law, Ann Campbell of Eau Claire, Wis., and Colleen Checkai of Watertown, Wis.; and his cousin, August “Gus” Zabel of Bangor. George is also survived by many nieces and nephews, whom he dearly loved. In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his brother, William “Bill” Kapanke; three brothers-in-law, Norman and Charles Campbell and Floyd Williams; and two sisters-in-law, Emily Campbell Williams and Bethe Campbell. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 401 16th Ave. N. Bangor. Rev. Roy Hefti will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery followed by the playing of Taps and the presentation of the American Flag by the American Legion Post 40 of Bangor. A visitation will be from 3 until 5 p.m., Friday at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Hwy 162 and Hattan St., Bangor, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church. Memorials may be given to St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church or the St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran New School Fund, both in Bangor. Online condolences may be sent at George’s entire family would like to give thanks to Pastor Hefti for the comfort and care given to them; and our thanks to Dr. Beahme, Dr. Hansen, and Stacy of the Mayo Onalaska Clinic, and the emergency room staff at Mayo Clinic Health System, Sparta, for their compassionate care.