LeRoy Herman Kapelka, 96, longtime resident of Montreal, passed away Monday, Oct. 25, 2017, at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, with his family at his side.
LeRoy was the first born of four children to Herman and Ruth (Fitzsimmons) Kapelka, in Sauk City. At the age of 7, Leroy’s family moved to Baraboo, where he grew up. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930’s.
On Oct. 15, 1940, he was inducted into the Army Company H, 128th Infantry, 32nd Red Arrow Division and sent to Australia in April 1942, New Guinea and the South Pacific Islands September 1942-June 1943. He was transferred to Europe in December 1944 with Company D, 1st Battalion, 318th Infantry, 80th Division, went from Luxembourg to Germany, and had frozen feet in a battle in 1945. He was returned to a stateside hospital in San Antonio, Texas, then released from the Army as a decorated soldier on Aug. 14, 1945, and returned to his hometown of Baraboo.
On Sept. 29, 1945, he married the love of his life, his “fraulein,” Mary Sebero. They were married 70 years before her passing in February 2016. Together, they raised five children, the late Leon (Mary) Sebero of North Carolina, Lewis (late Audrey) Kapelka of Ironwood, Linda (Thomas) Clendenning of Plainfield, Lana (Donald) Sherman of Nekoosa and Loren (Bonnie) Kapelka of Custers.
LeRoy is further survived by two brothers, Lester (Janie) Kapelka of Columbus, Georgia., Lloyd (Betty) Kapelka of Chicago; one sister, Laveta “Sis” (Kenneth) Vertein of Baraboo; 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by both of his parents; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
LeRoy was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman who will be fondly remembered for his humor, witty quips and quotes, card tricks with the grandkids, and card games with the family.
A private family memorial was held Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at Maple Crest Funeral Home in Waupaca, prior to his cremation. Interment will be at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner.
Maple Crest Funeral Home is assisting the family.