Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — BYRON CENTER — Harry “Butch” Kapp Jr., loving husband, father, brother and friend, passed on to a better place on April 6, 2013, at the Faith Hospice in Byron Center after a brief bout with cancer.
Harry was born on Nov. 8, 1942, to the late Harry and Esther Kapp in Toledo, Ohio. They moved to Buckley in 1955 and Harry graduated from Buckley Community High School in 1962.
After high school Harry was proud to serve our country as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps.
He retired from the Kenowa Hills school system as superintendent of buildings and grounds, and prior to this he had been head of maintenance for Cedarville school system from 1976 to 1991 and owner of a Les Cheneaux resort, The Trail’s End.
In 1966 he married the late Loretta Katspitzke; she preceded him in death in 1989. They had two children, Dany and Dana Kapp, and spent much of their married life running their beloved Trail’s End resort in Cedarville. On Feb. 14, 1992, he married the former Kay Cohle, of Grand Rapids, who added three sons to their blended family.
Harry cherished his winters in Texas, where he enjoyed spending time with his many friends. They created many happy memories of unending card games, golf cart parades, visits to Mexico, spontaneous dancing and the daily happy hours. A man of many talents, Harry was happiest when he was making plans for the next event, fixing something broken and living within his “budget.” He always had a plan and delighted in keeping us on target for his vision of the day.
Harry is survived by his wife, Kay; daughter, Dana Kapp, of Roanoke, Va.; son, Dany Kapp, of Charleston, S.C.; and stepsons, Andy Cohle, of Craig, Colo., Corey (Elisa) Cohle, of Kalamazoo, and Dustin Cohle, of Grand Rapids. He is also survived by his sister, Sandy (Tony) Coe, of Traverse City; his brother, Tom (Jill), of Toledo, Ohio; niece, Theresa (Tim) Galante; nephews, Ben (Tracy) Coe, of Traverse City, and Matt (Andrea) Coe, of Charleston, S.C.; and several other nieces, nephews and good friends.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held in Byron Center on Monday, April 8.