Lee Capps, 68, was born March 5, 1946, in Weaubleau, the only son of Floyd and Martha Capps. Lee was born and raised on a farm in Hickory County. Lee grew up with three sisters – Shirley, Sharon Barger and Linda. Lee had been battling emphysema and COPD for several years.
Lee graduated from Weaubleau High School in 1964.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Weaubleau during his childhood and young adult years. At the age of 10 Lee came to know Christ and was baptized.
Activities in high school included: four year letterman in basketball, member of Future Farmers of America, raising dairy cows and drag racing with the boys when the sheriff wasn’t looking.
Upon returning from Vietnam, Lee and Rhonda moved to Kansas City to start a life in the big city. Lee worked for 10 years at American Can Company. In 1975, made the move to United Parcel Service – where he would work for 33 1⁄2 years, retiring in 2008.
Lee epitomized the American Dream. He worked extremely hard to provide for his family and truly loved his job.
In 2004, Lee married Marie Rogers. Together they made their home in Gladstone with their dog, Mattie. Lee had a passion for cars throughout his life, from the moment he could drive (which was around eight or nine living on the farm) until his passing – his pride and joy was his ’57 Chevy Bel Air convertible that he bought in 1976 and completely restored.
Lee really enjoyed the outdoors and had a ball hunting pheasant and quail on his parent’s farm in Missouri. Music-wise it didn’t get any better than Elvis, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash, John Denver and Willie Nelson for Lee. He was a huge Chiefs and Royals fan and thoroughly enjoyed Chiefs Sundays.
Lee was known by family and friends as a practical joker and was the most happy when he could make other smile and make their day a little better. When Lee would tell stories those around him couldn’t help but laugh and be thoroughly entertained.
With all that he accomplished during his lifetime, what he cherished most was his family. He took great pride in his children and grandchildren. His favorite name to be called was Grandpa. He loved all of his grandchildren and enjoyed every minute with them. He loved seeing them play outdoors, watching them play basketball and being at their birthday parties.
He had three children who all went on to marry wonderful spouses – daughter, Michele and husband, Darren Baker; son, Jason, and wife Tonya; and daughter, Rochele and husband, James Lighthill. He was grandfather to five grandchildren – Claire, Ross and Brooke Baker and Blake and Cade Lighthill.
Brother, husband, dad, grandpa, uncle, cousin and friend. Lee never met a stranger and will be sadly missed by all.
A service was held Friday, Feb. 21 in White Chapel Funeral Home Gladstone. Lee was laid to rest Saturday, Feb. 22 in Robinson Cemetery Weaubleau.