Gaylord P. Cappel passed away Friday (March 14, 2003) at his home with his daughter by his side and his family around him. He was 71 years old. He was born to George Peter and Pauline (Koch) Cappel on July 3, 1931 at Campbell. He was the youngest of five children and spent most of his childhood on a farm.
In 1948, Gaylord married Blanche Ross and to this union one child, Gary, was born. He supported his family by working for a seismograph company.
On Sept. 29, 1956, Gaylord married Ruth Guthrie. To this marriage they brought Gaylord's son, Gary, and Ruth's son, Bob. Gaylord and Ruth were blessed with three more beautiful children, Kenny, Dorothy and Jeanette. His strong faith in the Lord and his love for his children was with him through this time of his life. He worked at numerous jobs in the Indianola and McCook area. He completed his work life with 18 years at the hose plant.
In March of 1997, his daughter Jeanette blessed him with a son-in-law, Tony Wonderly of Benkelman. In May of 1997 and 1998, Tony and Jeanette blessed him with two precious grandsons, Kaleb and Brady who Gaylord adored and they adored their Papa.
On Nov. 3, 2001, Gaylord married Ardess (Fisher) Winder. At that time they blended their families of seven adult children, 13 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. For 16 months God blessed this couple with complete and total love for one another and all of their families. Together they prayed each day for the health and well being and for salvation for each family member.
In August of 1964, Gaylord accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. In March of 1982, Gaylord was baptized. In 2002, Gaylord became a member of the Evangelical Free Church. He was an active member of the church, the Senior Center and the pool players club at the Senior Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Floyd and Robert; a sister LaVaughn Federoff; one son, Gary in October of 1969; one daughter, Dorothy in December of 1996; and several brothers and sisters-in-law.
Survivors include two sons, Bob Cappel of Everett, Wash., and Kenny Cappel of Axtell; one daughter, Jeanette and husband, Tony Wonderly and grandsons, Kaleb and Brady of Benkelman; his wife, Ardess of McCook; one step-daughter, Betty and husband Bill Butter of Arapahoe; three step-sons, Doug Winder and wife, Shellie, Dan Winder and wife, Cathy, and Dave Winder and wife, Terri, all of McCook; 11 step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; a sister, Isabelle and husband, Carl Zimmerschied of Aurora, Colo.; former wife, Ruth Cappel of McCook; brothers and sisters-in-law, Lewis and Beverly Guthrie, Frank Porth, Julie Cappel, Mary Lemman, Lila Fisher, Earl and Elsie Winder and a host of many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., at the Evangelical Free Church with the Rev. Bruce Lester officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in McCook. Visitation is today until 8 p.m.
Memorials may be given to the Heritage Senior Center Building Fund.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.