Francis “Frank” Kappler of Leesburg, VA formerly of Lowell, MA
Born in Lowell, MA, he was a son of the late Francis J. and Anna I. (Tyrrell) Kappler. He graduated from Lowell High School with the class of 1951 and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Lowell Technological Institute in 1955.
A veteran of the Korean War, he honorably served on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. He served as Private First Class of Fort Riley, Kansas.
Frank worked as a textile chemist with Gurtler Industries, Inc. (South Holland, IL), Ecolab Inc. (St. Paul, MN), and BASF Diversy (Wyandotte, MI) for many years before retiring in 1999. He previously worked at American Institute of Laundering (Joliet, IL) and United Analine (Norwood, MA). He authored eight U.S. patents related to detergents and processes.
He was an avid golf player, accomplished bridge player, and a voracious reader. He competed in the Lowell City Golf Tournament and was champion of the River’s Edge Golf Club of Grosse Isle, MI in 1970. He was a member of the American Contract Bridge League and competed with lifetime master players regularly. He read scores of books from public libraries.
Frank is survived by two sons and two daughters in-law, Thomas and Margaret Kappler of Redford, MI and Michael and Un Che Kappler of Glen Allen, VA; a daughter and son in-law, Maria and Monte Demyanovich of Leesburg, VA; a sister, M. Lillian Tully of Rye, NH; a brother and sister in-law, John H. and Ann Kappler of Lowell, MA; six grandchildren, Jonathon, Kaylee, Dereck and Erin Kappler, Maximus Demyanovich, and Zoe Zhen Kappler; his former wife, Diane Kappler-Hicks of Westland, MI; his very good friend and bridge partner, Walter Lang of Greenland, NH; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother, William F. Kappler of Lowell, MA
Visiting hours will be Thursday 3 to 7 p.m. at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, MA. Funeral from the Dolan Funeral Home Friday at 10:00 a.m. with a Funeral Service at 11:00 AM in St. John the Evangelist Church 115 Middlesex St. Chelmsford. Burial will be at St. Patrick Cemetery, Lowell. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com