Earl D. Kapfer, 81, of Memphis, MO, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2012, in the Scotland County Care Center.
He was born on March 25, 1930, in Greensburg, MO, the son of Herbert and Abigail “Abbie” (Rice) Kapfer.
Earl married the former Roberta Donaldson in May 1951. She preceded him in death August 1953.
Earl then married the former Roberta (Roberts) Martin in December 1955. She preceded him in death in 2001.
He joined in the United States Army from 1955-57 serving in the medical corps, and was in the reserves until 1961.
Earl was a member of the Greensburg Baptist Church.
He is preceded in death by parents, a brother, two sisters, two brothers-in-law, and a daughter-in-law, Beverly Martin.
He is survived by his children, Carl and wife Nancy Kapfer of Memphis, Rhonda Tarr of Edina, and Ricky Martin and special friend Lisa Marie Ballew of Lancaster; a brother, Max Kapfer of Memphis; sister-in-law, Avis Kapfer of Boone, Iowa; grandchildren, Zach Kapfer of Oskaloosa, Iowa, Rebekah Kapfer of Memphis, Kari Morgenstern of Kirksville, Kami and husband Larry Hubbard of Edina, Melissa Burgess of Edina, Jeff Martin of Wyaconda, Weston Martin of Kansas City, and Kirby Banks of Kirksville; 18 grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a special friend, Virginia Egbert of Downing.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, January 7, 2012 at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Jack Sumption, pastor of the Memphis First Christian Church officiating.
Burial will be in the Greensburg Cemetery with gravesite military rites performed by the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial V.F.W. Post #4958 of Memphis.
Visitation is from 12-8 p.m., Friday, January 6 at the Gerth Funeral Home with the family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m.