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Kapischke, Elwood G.

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November 25, 1932 - May 14, 2021

Kapischke, Elwood G.

Elwood G. Kapischke, born November 25, 1932, Elwood passed from this life on May 14, 2021. He leaves behind his wife of 65 years, Janet (nee Mattson) Kapischke, son David (Roxanne and daughter Kaycee) Schmitt, daughter Heide (Steve) Olson and son Kurt (Candice) Kapischke as well as grandchildren Heather, Scott, Christopher and Kyle; in addition to many dear family and friends.

Elwood led a rich, adventurous life. A great storyteller, he shared many fun stories of growing up in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. He joined the Navy during the Korean War and proudly served aboard the USS Bataan – CVL29.  Afterwards, he worked as a Journeyman printer/linotype operator for the Chicago Tribune and the Stars and Stripes Newspaper (Darmstadt, Germany). Loving travel, he and Janet used the Stars and Stripes years to tour Europe. When they returned to the U.S., their next adventure was opening a printshop, Mariner Press, in Lake Villa, Illinois. Then, he worked for several years in the paper industry as a warehouse manager. In his free time he enjoyed golf, fishing and chess.

When retirement was on the horizon, they moved to California and he worked as a Security Officer for the Merced Hospital. This job, a favorite, allowed him to use his empathy, compassion, and sense of humor to help those in stress who needed it most. There, he worked with partner and friend, Elena (Ignacio) Rodriguez. His last adventure was moving with Janet to live near son Kurt and family in McKinney, TX. Elwood’s guiding spirit was “always do your best and have fun.” He will be dearly missed.

His parents, George and Elsie Kapischke and sister, Gwen (James) Anderson, predecease him.

There will be no service, but memorials in his name can be made to honor the precious work of the Silverado Hospice at 4500 Beltway Drive, Addison, TX 75001.

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Brian Mattson

June 08, 2021 11:07AM

Uncle Elwood had a wonderful smile and laugh! He towered above the crowd. He will be missed by all that knew him!


Sherry Kwater

June 08, 2021 8:34AM

Elwood was my very tall and handsome uncle with the deep voice that made my sister and I believe he must have been a movie star in California. You will be missed Elwood. I hope you and Andy are enjoying yourselves in heaven ! Much love to your family❤️


Sheila & George Hanson

June 02, 2021 6:08PM

Elwood was fun and very kind. He enjoyed life and was a good friend. We spent many an evening enjoying a drink and talking. He always looked on the brighter side of life. He had a great laugh and deep voice that will be missed by all who knew him.