James B. Capelle

May 16, 2017
Capelle James obit


10:30 AM on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel; 3146 Kimball Ave., Waterloo, Iowa


3:00 PM – 5:00 PM on Sunday, May 21 at Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel


Waterloo Cemetery; with military rites conducted by Cedar Falls AMVETS Post #49; and the U.S. Army Funeral Honors Detail.


Directed to UnityPoint Hospice


James “Jim” Behrens Capelle, age 78, of Waterloo and formerly of Spring Valley, MN, died on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at his home.

He was born on January 31, 1939 in Rochester, MN; the son of Clarence and Audrey (Behrens) Capelle. Jim graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1957 in Spring Valley, MN.

He married Donnamae Alice McGinley September 24, 1960 at the Methodist Church in Dodge Center, MN.

Jim worked part-time at Champlin Gas Station; and then worked for 40 years at John Deere & Co. as a supervisor, retiring in 1999. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam from 1961‑1967. Jim was a lifetime member of Waterloo AMVETS Post #19; The Fraternal Order of Eagles #764; and Moose Lodge of Washburn #328.

Survived by his wife, Donnamae Capelle; two sons, Jeff Capelle of Santee, CA and Robert (Michele) Capelle of Waterloo; two grandsons, Skyler Lee Capelle and Alex James Capelle; a brother, Michael Capelle of Rochester, MN; a sister, Carole Ann (Kenny) Hodson of Ostrander, MN.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Capelle


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  1. Kelsi Slaughter | May 23, 2017
    I am very sorry for your loss. I know that this is a very painful time for you all. That is why I would like to share something with you all that has helped me when I lost a loved one. The words found in Acts 24:15 explain that the dead will be resurrected, and Revelation 21:4 shows how death will be no more. I hope that these scriptures can help comfort all in grief as well.
  2. Cam kastli | May 20, 2017
    I worked with Jim at John Deere .  You could always count on Jim. Great guy to work with. Our prayers are with you.
  3. Kevan Cortright | May 20, 2017

    To Donna and family,

    I'm sorry you must endure the loss of Jim.

    He was a special guy I will never forget.

    i send  you my prayers and sympathy for support.

    May God give you strength and support.

    Sincerely, Kevan Cortright 

  4. Linda K. Johnson | May 19, 2017
    May God wrap his arms around you and give you comfort through your family and friends.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Capelle family.  Love, Jim, Linda and Parker Johnson
  5. Gayle Clark | May 18, 2017
    Robert, i am so so sorry to hear of your dad's are in my thoughts and prayers.... Gayle Clark

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