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Archie C. Kappel, 78, of Columbia City, died at 3:10 p.m. Sunday, August 23, 2009 at New Haven Rehabilitation Center where he had been a resident since April 2009.
He was born July 6, 1931, in Cincinnati, Ohio, a son of Frank and Alice (Weiskittle) Kappel. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of Cincinnati.
On March 12, 1947, he enlisted in the United States Army. During the Korean Conflict he received two bronze stars. He was honorably discharged April 25, 1956.
On December 4, 1976, he was united in marriage to Kenna L. (Heinbaugh) Enyeart. They have always made their home in Columbia City and began wintering in Inverness, Florida in 1993.
He was employed at Allis Chalmers and General Electric, both in Cincinnati, Arvin Industries in Columbus, Indiana, Magnavox in Fort Wayne and retired from ITT in January 1993.
His memberships included Grace Lutheran Church, American Legion Post #98 and Elks #1517.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Kenna; nine children, Archie (Pam) Kappel Jr. of Terre Haute, Kim (Patty) Kappel of Columbus, Karen (Dave) Hensley of Midlothian, Virginia, Kathy (Richard) Waterman of Terre Haute, Kris (David) Schmitt of Fort Wayne, Kevin (Lisa) Kappel of Nashville, Tennessee, Keith (Brenda) Kappel of Sanford, North Carolina, Kasey (Michael) Musto of Cedar City, Utah, and Deb (David) Geiger of Churubusco; 18 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Alice Stevens and Jenny (Harvey) Conn, both of Villages, Florida; and a brother, Frank (Pat) Kappel of Cincinnati, Ohio.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 27, 2009, at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in Nolt Cemetery. The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.
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