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George M. "Buck" Capps

August 19, 1925 July 29, 2019
George M. "Buck" Capps
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George M. “Buck” Capps, age 93 of Potosi, WI, passed away at home, surrounded by his family, on Monday, July 29, 2019. He was born August 19, 1925 in Stahl, Missouri, the son of Alva and Ora (Foster) Capps. Buck went to Thomson Grade School in Putnam County, Missouri, graduated from Unionville High School in Unionville, Missouri, and then went on to technical college in Rolla, Missouri for two years; where he majored in engineering. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served in the Pacific aboard the USS REGISTOR (APD92) as a gunners’ mate. During his tour of duty, his ship was struck by a kamikaze plane near Okinawa and went on to pick up 13 survivors from the USS INDIANAPOLIS. Buck married Clara M. Kelly on January 11, 1947 in Novenger Missouri. Later that year, they moved to Dubuque, Iowa, where Buck was employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works as a forman in the tool grinding department. Before his retirement in 1981, John Deere sent him to France to help establish a tool grinding department in a newly built plant there.

Buck had a friend in the car business in 1960, and he began to sell for Chevrolet, before switching over to Ford and eventually ended up selling for all of the big three. He loved selling cars! Buck sold cars to people all over the U.S.A. – you could travel anywhere, and someone always knew him. He was a NASCAR fan, and raced stock cars at the Dubuque and surrounding racetracks in his younger years. Buck liked to hunt, fish, and spending time with family and friends. He also enjoyed playing cards and traveling; He visited all 50 states and half of Europe. He will long be remembered for always being there to help a person in need or a friend in trouble. Most of his friends have gone before him! But to those that are still here, he would want to thank you for always being there for him.

Buck is survived by his children: Jackie Blindert, Gary (Debra) Capps, and Terry (Stephanie Thornhill) Capps; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild on the way; a sister, Dorothy Lewis; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and his beloved wife of 66 years, Clara, Buck was preceded in death by a grandson, Christopher Capps; a son-in-law, Bernard “Bernie” Blindert; a brother, Richard “Diz” Capps; a sister, Ilene Capps; a brother-in law, Bill Lewis; and many aunts and uncles.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Fr. Richard Leffler officiating. Burial will Military Honors will be in the St. Andrew Cemetery, Tennyson. Friends and family may call from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 2, 2019 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson, where 3:45 p.m. Parish Scripture Service will be held. Visitation will also be held on Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the church. In lieu of plants and flowers, a George M. “Buck” Capps Memorial Fund has been established. The Martin Schwartz Funeral Home and Crematory in Potosi is serving the family.


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Visitation

Friday

2

Aug

4:00 PM 8/2/2019 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 8/2/2019 7:00:00 PM
St. Andrew Catholic Church

101 Church Street
Potosi, WI 53820

A Parish Scripture service will be held at 3:45 PM

St. Andrew Catholic Church
101 Church Street Potosi 53820 WI
United States

Visitation

Saturday

3

Aug

10:00 AM 8/3/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 8/3/2019 11:00:00 AM
St. Andrew Catholic Church

101 Church Street
Potosi, WI 53820

St. Andrew Catholic Church
101 Church Street Potosi 53820 WI
United States

Service

Saturday

3

Aug

11:00 AM 8/3/2019 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 8/3/2019 12:00:00 PM
St. Andrew Catholic Church

101 Church Street
Potosi, WI 53820

St. Andrew Catholic Church
101 Church Street Potosi 53820 WI
United States

Graveside

Saturday

3

Aug

12:00 PM 8/3/2019 12:00:00 PM - 12:15 PM 8/3/2019 12:15:00 PM
St. Andrew Cemetery

104 Church Street
Potosi, WI 53820

Military Honors will be performed at the cemetery.

St. Andrew Cemetery
104 Church Street Potosi 53820 WI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

St. Andrew Cemetery Final Resting Place

104 Church Street
Potosi, WI 53820

104 Church Street Potosi 53820 WI
United States
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