Robert J. Capps
October 30, 1926 ~ March 13, 2014
Robert J. Capps, 87, died on Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Kent, WA. He was born on October 30, 1926, to Edgar D. and Mildred (Kelson) Capps in Tacoma, WA. He moved to Wenatchee in February 1933, when his father was transferred by Puget Sound Power and Light Company to the new Rock Island Dam. He attended schools in Rock Island, East Wenatchee and Wenatchee and was a member of the 1945 graduating class of Wenatchee High School. During high school, he was a member of Company E, Washington State Guard, entered the U.S. Navy in 1944 and served overseas on the U.S.S. Markab, receiving his discharge in July, 1946. A member of the U.S. Naval Reserve, he was recalled to active duty in August 1950, and served in the Korean conflict (aboard the U.S.S. Graffias) until November 1951. Bob was employed by Alcoa from December 1951, and retired in February 1989, after 37 years’ service. An avid Scouter, he served as Cubmaster of Pack 80 at Whitman School for two years. He then became Scoutmaster of Troop 2 at the First Presbyterian Church, a position he held for 17 years. During this time, 24 boys achieved the rank of Eagle. He attended three National Jamborees and participated in six 50-mile hikes. He attended Camp Bonaparte 13 summers, following which he attended Camp Brinkley (at Monroe) for ten summers as a camp commissioner. A member of Riverside Lodge #112, F. & A.M., he was a former member of Central Christian Church, Post 10 of the American Legion and the Drum and Bugle Corps. He was married to Mabel Eastwood on August 29, 1953, and they made their home in Wenatchee.
Survivors include his children, Toby (Janairie) Capps of Renton, WA and Holly Capps of Vancouver, WA; three grandchildren, Kyle, Ashley and Kelli, all of the Seattle area; great-grandson, Braxton Capps; and his sister, Dixie Boyden of Ephrata. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel L. Capps on August 31, 2007, in Wenatchee.
Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Jones & Jones~Betts Memorial Chapel, with Interment following at Wenatchee City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested a contribution to Camp Bonaparte, Grand Columbia Council, BSA, or Chief Seattle Council, BSA in Robert J. Capps’ name, as this was the organization he loved so much for the past 49 years. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guestbook at jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements are by Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee.