Robert Capen

Date of Death: Aug 11, 2016
Robert Capen

1943 - 2016

Robert Capen, “ Captain Bob” 72, of Markesan, passed away Thursday, August 11, 2016 at his home with family by his side.

Robert was born September 29, 1943, the son of George and Edith (Mason) Capen. He attended Waupun High School, enlisted in the U.S. Army when he was 17, and received his GED through the military. After leaving the military he met the love of his life, Betty Vossekuil and they were married on September 25, 1965 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Bob was employed at Silgan for over 30 years as a forklift operator. He was a member of American Legion Post 210 of Waupun for 48 years of which he managed for 15 years, Eagles Club, Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post 210 Honor Guard, and 40 & 8. He also participated in the Corvette Club of Fond du Lac. Bob was always known to be the life of the party.

Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years 10 months and 11 days, Betty; two daughters: Bobbie Jo (Greg) Kok of Waupun and Nicole Capen of Markesan; seven grandchildren: Tabitha Holbach (special friend, Terry), Thomas Holbach (special friend, Phylicia), Samantha Peachey (special friend, Tim), Scott Peachey (special friend, Emily), and Sean Kok (fiancee?, Ashley), Ryan Flejter, and Jeffry (Michelle) Voss; seven great-grandchildren: Tanner, Sylvia, Levi, Aubrie, Harper Jo, Cole, and Carter; a sister, Judy (Don) Steinberg; many nieces and nephews; and special family from Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Dorothy; his brother, Dick; a daughter in-law, Jamie; a sister-in-law, Katherine; and six brothers-in-law.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Monday at the funeral home from 3 p.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for Robert Capen will be held Monday, August 15, 2016 at 6 p.m. at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun with Pastor Don Steinberg officiating.

Memorial Video



  1. Gods Blessings to the Whole Family! Anita Wylesky-Plato. Sue and William Wylesky daughter. Beaver Dam WI. 1(920)296-6603 text anytime. 8/13/2016 7:09pm.

  2. Tim & Donna Johnson Says: August 13, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    You all are in our thoughts and prayers. I know he will be greatly missed. Thankful for all the many wonderful memories our family has.

  3. Carol & Jerry Triatik Says: August 15, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    When the Lord calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange. We sure had some great memories with Bob and Betty in the Corvette club. They also visited us in Florida and we enjoyed their company. That was a very nice video of Bob and we are sure he is resting peacefully. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone.

  4. Dave and Cheri Says: August 15, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you Betty and your family. We will all miss Bob dearly….. Dave and Cheri

  5. Harry and Sandy Vosekuil Says: August 18, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    We are so very sorry to find out that Bob has passed away. You have our deepest sympathy.

  6. Steve Myers Says: August 20, 2016 at 10:02 am

    So sorry for your loss.

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