John E. "Jack" Capps, 83, St. Joseph, MO

Published 07/23 2014 09:13AM

Updated 07/23 2014 09:18AM

John E. “Jack” Capps, 83, St. Joseph, Missouri went to his heavenly father on Monday, July 21, 2014.

He was born September 12, 1930 to Jack B. and Anna R. (Whitlock) Capps at the family home in Hannibal, Missouri. On August 20, 1960, he married Patricia Black at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

After graduation from Hannibal High School he enrolled in Hannibal LaGrange Junior College and received a Associates Degree in Science. During this time, he was a member of the Missouri Army National Guard and later enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served on active duty four years (1951-1955) followed by six years in the inactive reserves.

After being released from active duty, he enrolled at N.E. Missouri State Teachers College in Kirksville, Missouri and received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Bio-Chem in 1958 followed by enrollment in the Graduate Program in Bio-Chem.

He began his teaching career in Tarkio, Missouri for one year followed by one year in Alta, Iowa. In the fall of 1961 he began his 33 year career at Benton high School where he taught Biology, Chemistry and coached in football, basketball and brought the sport of baseball back to Benton.

In 1976, he received the Master of Science Degree in Secondary School Administration at Northwest Missouri State University and served in activities supervision and as Assistant Principal until retirement. He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa and Sigma Tau Gamma.

Jack was an inactive member of the Southside Rotary Club where he enjoyed several years of fellowship and community service. He loved outdoors activities and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He was an active member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church which became united with Second Presbyterian Church-he served on several committees and was an Ordained Elder. He was currently a member of First Presbyterian Church.

Survivors: wife, Patricia “Pat” Capps of the home; son, John Michael (Penny), St. Joseph, Missouri; daughter, Lynne Ann Ward (Bruce), Kansas City, Missouri; son, David William (Jennie), St. Joseph, Missouri; two brothers, Richard L. Capps (Susan) Arvada, Colorado and Robert C. Capps, Kansas City, Missouri; nine grandchildren, Jennifer McRae (Kevin), Noah Ward, Amber Ward, Amy White (Jeremiah), Ryan Komer, Amanda Ueligger (Joe), Fisher Capps, Maddie Ward and Cameron Capps; and five great-grandchildren.

Services:  10:00 A.M. Saturday, First Presbyterian Church.  Interment Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory, where friends may call after 3:00 P.M. Friday. For those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to American Leukemia Society, Clarence Carpenter Fund PTA, or a Church of the donor’s choice. Mr. Capps will be removed from Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory to arrive at the church one hour prior to the service. Online guest book and obituary at

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