Gerald F. Kappa

July 21, 1938 - July 6, 2017

Gerald F. Kappa, 78, went to be with the Lord following a brief illness on the evening of July 6, 2017 at Gulf Coast Hospital in Fort Myers, Florida. Gerald was born on July 21, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Frank and Margaret (Kammer) Kappa.

He graduated from Lane Technical High School in Chicago, Illinois, with the class of “1957”. Gerald served in the U.S. Navy from 1959-1963. While in the service he married his beautiful wife Lucille Vivian (Kilzer) on February 27, 1960 in Chicago, Illinois. He later went on to build a long career, building and servicing elevators, until he retired in 1993.

Gerald enjoyed many hobbies, fishing, camping with his sons and grandsons, gardening, cooking, building computers, photography, collecting many sorts of cigars or just kicking back watching old John Wayne movies.
Gerald and his wife Lucille moved to Schaumburg, Illinois, in 1968 until they later retired and moved to Cape Coral, Florida in 1998.

Gerald is survived by his four children, Jerry (Heidi) Kappa of Buffalo, MN, Lynn (Sam) Anton of Streamwood, IL, Jeff Kappa of Eagan, MN and Michael Sr. (Kimberly) Kappa of Schaumburg, IL; thirteen grandchildren, Sean, Mike, Jaime, Shaina, Victoria, Nicholas, Elizabeth, Lindsey, Michael Jr., Tyler, Gabrielle, Jacob and Grace, as well as four great grandchildren, Caleb, Lucas, Peyton and Sydney. Sister, Beverly (Robert) Sorenghen, Brother-in-law, Ray Jacob, Sister-in-law, Margaret Adolfson. Alida, his caregiver of Lehigh Acres, FL. The family would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking such great care of our dad for almost the past year and for making him part of your family too, we will forever be grateful!

He was predeceased in death by his wife Lucille Kappa (2008), of 48 years of marriage; daughter, LeeAnn Kappa (2016); his parents, Frank and Margaret Kappa; in-laws, Joseph and Vivian Kilzer; sister, Ruth Jacob (2004); as well as his brother-in-law, Raymond Adolfson Sr. (2011)

He will forever be Missed, Never be forgotten, and may his legacy forever live on!

No formal services are planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers, donations made to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are appreciated.

Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care.


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