Jan D. Kappler

October 21, 1941 - October 9, 2015

10/21/1941 - 10/09/2015

Past Services

Wednesday October 14, 2015
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes - Shadyside Chapel
3900 Central Avenue
Shadyside, Ohio 43947
740-676-4310 | Directions
Wednesday October 14, 2015
6:00 pm
Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes - Shadyside Chapel
3900 Central Avenue
Shadyside, Ohio 43947
740-676-4310 | Directions

Jan D. Kappler, 73 of Wegee Road, Bellaire, Ohio died Friday, October 9, 2015 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV.


He was born October 21, 1941 in Wheeling, WV a son of the late Charles Frederick and Ethel Bolen Kappler.


Jan was a retired press operator and welder for the for International Harvester and Mayflower Corporation in Shadyside. He was a US Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam Conflict serving two tours where he was awarded the Purple Heart.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara D. Crumbaker Kappler and his brother, Floyd Kappler.


Surviving are his son JD Kappler of Bellaire, three sisters-in-law, Tola Kappler of Wheeling, Judy Bovenizer of West Palm Beach, FL and Elizabeth Meholovitch of Shadyside. Also several nieces, nephews and cousins.


Family and friends will be received at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 3900 Central Avenue Shadyside on Wednesday from 2 pm until time of services at 6 pm with Rev David M. Demarest officiating.


Belmont County Council of the American Legion will conduct Full Military services at 5:45 pm.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Shadyside High School Athletic Director’s Fund 3890 Lincoln Avenue Shadyside, Ohio 43947.


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The Selmons ~ Bob, Becky, Andy & Arin
8 years ago

JD & Family,
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

Mary Carmean
8 years ago

Sorry for your loss.

Vernon and Sandy Liston
8 years ago

Jan was a very dear friend. We recall one time in a store we were trying to find a Halloween costume for our first son. He was only about a year and a half. We were so engrossed in looking at costumes that we didn’t notice Jan walking away with our shopping cart with our son in it. He was hiding around a corner having a good laugh at our expense. Jan went to school and was best friends with Vernon long after school. God bless his soul. May he rest in peace. Our condolences to his family and especially J>D.

Bob & Barb Phillips
8 years ago

JD, Pastor Bob and I are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. We remember all the good times we shared while serving at the Jacobsburg UMC. Sending our love and prayers.

Sue Everson McEndree
8 years ago

J.D. & family., I am so saddend by the loss of your dad. He was a friend to all who knew him. I have so many fond memories of us growing up together. My thoughts & prayers are with you all as you face the coming days. Love ‘n’ hugs, Sue

Jacob Greenwood
8 years ago

JD football practices and games will never be the same with out him. I will miss when after we get done doing pregame warmups he comes around and says I’m going to hit you and squirts water in my face and then gives me encouragement. If you need anything tell me my Dad or Mom.

Cheryl J Skinner, Patriot Guard
8 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time

May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Jan D. Kappler, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your work on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of…..

US Marine Veteran, Jan D. Kappler, “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Barbara and John McGough
8 years ago

Sorry for the loss of your dad. I always enjoyed his smile and I admired the close bond you and your dad had. He was such a nice person.He was there for everyone. My thoughts and prayers to you J.D. If you need a shoulder to lean on I’m here for you. God bless you.

Sandy Mahoney
8 years ago

I’m so sorry about lost of ur father, he an I were friends for many years, he always willing to help everyone, sure will miss him.

Sue Junkins
8 years ago

JD, I’m so sorry for the loss of your dad. I know you guys weren’t just father and son but also best friends. When your dad and I worked at IH-Shadyside, he brought you in to meet everyone when you were just a little guy. He was always talking about JD. I’m sure the memories he left with you will warm your heart in the years ahead. I know for sure that Shadyside sports will remember Jan and his loyalty to all the programs. Sue Junkins