George J Kappel

George J Kappel was born Oct 3, 1933, in Billings, Montana to Joe and Eva Kappel of Park City. George was joined by three brothers, Leroy, Marvin and Alvin. As George grew up he worked hard with his family to make a success of the family farm. As a young man he enjoyed hunting, fishing and he was well known for his homemade smoked sausage and choke cherry wine. George had an ear for music and was soon playing the accordion in a band with his dad and friend Albert Eisenman. They played for weddings and gatherings all over the valley.
On June 6, 1953 George married his high school sweetheart Gloria Ann Wells. They bought a farm east of the family farm and soon after David, Debe and Denise were born.
After studying the Bible George dedicated his life to his God Jehovah and was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on April 10, 1965. He sold the farm and moved to Billings and worked as a meat cutter at Pierce Packing. Later he started a Janitorial Company that allowed him to spend more time to witness to his neighbors about the blessings of God’s Kingdom. He conducted bible studies with many and he served as a congregation Elder in the Billings congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
In 1988 George and Gloria moved to Missoula to be near their daughter Denise. George continued his Janitorial business to support his ministry in Missoula. George and Gloria were known for their generosity and were considered to be Grampa and Gramma to many. George never missed an opportunity to share his hope of being reunited with his family and friends through the promised resurrection. (John 5:28, 29).
He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Eva, and brothers Leroy and Alvin. He is survived by his wife Gloria, son David of Jordan Mont., daughters Debe (Kirk) Crump and Denise (Philip) O’Bleness of Missoula, brother Marvin (Kay) of Billings, sister-in-law Norma of Park City, 11 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and many nieces nephews and cousins. We will miss our dad tremendously, but we will see him soon in the resurrection that’s “ Just around the corner!”
The memorial service will be Jan 7, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 1115 S Reserve St, in Missoula. A reception will follow at Garden City Funeral Home, 1705 W Broadway, in Missoula. A graveside service will be January 13, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Park City Cemetery, Park City Mont. A reception will follow at the Park City Civic Center.

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