James (Jim) W. Kapp, of Wooster, passed away March 13 while in Hospice LifeCare.
He was born May 4, 1940, in East Liverpool, Ohio, the son of Leland R. and Betty (Cash) Kapp. He graduated from East Liverpool High School, where he received the Bill Booth Award as the outstanding senior football player. He attended the College of Wooster and graduated in 1962, starting his coaching career at Willard (Ohio) High School.
He married the former Kathy Burgess in 1963. He then attended Eastern Michigan University where he earned a Master s Degree in School Administration in 1965. He accepted a position on the staff of Rochester (Mich.) High School where he coached football, track and basketball, serving as head coach for two seasons. In 1969, he took a job on the football coaching staff of Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. He accepted the job as head coach at Michigan Tech in 1973, leading the team to an undefeated season in 1974. In 1981, he returned to the College of Wooster as head football coach, where he served until 1984.
He embarked on a new career in 1985, earning certification as a financial services registered representative. In this role, he faithfully served local clients in Wooster and Wayne County before retiring in 2003. Jim was a past president of the Houghton (Mich.) Rotary Club and volunteer and lay leader at First United Methodist Church (Hancock, Mich.). In Wooster, he was a longtime member of the Wooster Rotary Club, volunteer and leader at the Wooster United Methodist Church, and volunteer and chair of Meals Together. In 2010, he was inducted into the Michigan Tech Athletic Hall of Fame.
He is survived by Kathy, his wife of 55 years; sons Jim, Jr. (Shannon) and Jeff (Lisa); and five grandchildren: Emma, Sean, Jake, Katie and Moira. He is also survived by brother-in-law Roy (Joan) Burgess and nephew Lorin Burgess (Carolyn Ferrell).
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Karole.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his memory to Meals Together 243 N. Market St. Wooster, Ohio 44691 or Wooster United Methodist Church 243 N. Market St. Wooster, Ohio 44691
A celebration of Jim s life will be held at Wooster United Methodist Church 243 N. Market St. Wooster, Ohio 44691 on Saturday, April 13th with a service at 11:00 am. The family will receive guests at the church prior to the service beginning at 10:00 am.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.
Meals Together 243 N. Market St. Wooster, Ohio 44691 or Wooster United Methodist Church 243 N. Market St. Wooster, Ohio 44691
Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Wooster United Methodist Church 243 N. Market St. Wooster, Ohio 44691
Saturday, April 13, 2019 10-11:00 a.m. at the Wooster United Methodist Church. 243 N. Market St. Wooster, Ohio 44691/p>