Francis “Frank” Kappler of Leesburg, VA formerly of Lowell, MA

5612 Kappler 1Francis (Frank) R. Kappler, 81, of Leesburg, VA formerly of Lowell, MA died Monday August 24, 2015 at his home.

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

9 Condolences for Francis “Frank” Kappler of Leesburg, VA formerly of Lowell, MA

    Christine fabrizio kappler

    I am sorry that I never got to know my Uncle Frank. My family moved away when I was 8 years old to Md. I have missed out on my dads side of the family. So hopefully be planning a trip after season to visit family. I we ill always remember my uncle frank as a funny,loving uncle that I knew. Always cracking jokes. You will be missed. I just wished I had the chsnce to know u more. I love u.


    Stephen and Karen Sopko

    Maria, Mick and Monte,

    We send prayers and love for Frank and your families during this difficult time.

    We were enriched by knowing Frank and we have many fond memories over the years with him.

    God Bless,
    Stephen and Karen Sopko


    Karen, Tim and Samuel

    Maria, Monte and Max.
    Prayers to you and your family for comfort and peace in these times.
    You and Maximus will have fond memories of his ‘Boppy’ these last 3 years.
    From the times I met Frank he seemed very loving and kind. You are blessed to call him family.
    Love you all.
    Karen, Tim and Samuel.


    Matt & Julie Newkirk

    Dear Kappler family,
    We pray God’s peace give you comfort in this difficult time.
    Newkirk family

    “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”


    Mary Reigner

    My deepest sympathy to you. Frank was a good friend back in Detroit and Toastmaster’s. He had the best sense of humor and great stories. He liked to do magic tricks too.


    Anne Scott (Ann Fadden)

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Frankie was a childhood friend from Lowell. Just found out about his passing, made me very sad. We had fun almost everyday when we were kids.


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