Patrick William Kappenman


February 4, 1937 - June 23, 2011


Patrick William Kappenman was born February 4, 1937 in Centerville, SD to Sylvester and Edna (Hook) Kappenman. He grew up and attended school at Centerville, SD, then went on to earn a degree in Civil Engineering from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. On November, 26, 1959 he married Carole Henriksen of Viborg, SD. They lived in Beresford, SD for five years, then moved to Mitchell, SD in 1965 where they lived for forty-five years. In October 2010 they moved to Bethany Meadows in Brandon, SD.

Patrick worked for the South Dakota Department of Transportation as a bridge, highway, and traffic engineer for thirty-seven years, retiring in 1997. He was dedicated to community service and was active in the Knights of Columbus (Past Grand Knight), Mitchell Exchange Club, Elks Lodge, served on the City Council and other activities too numerous to mention.  After retirement, Pat and Carole enjoyed spending their winters in Texas and Arizona.

He is survived by his wife Carole; daughters Cari (Peter) Conden of Avondale, AZ; Gayle (Tom) Meehan of Watertown, SD; son David (Julie) Kappenman of Pinedale, WY; brothers Lawrence (Mary) Kappenman of Los Gatos, CA; Jerry (Eileen) Kappenman of Selah, WA; sister Joan Horstman of Sioux Falls, SD; and five grandchildren, Jack and Joe Backhaus, Sarah Meehan Ortmeier, Megan and Trevor Meehan, and great-granddaughter Alexis Ortmeier.

Patrick was preceded in death by his parents; sister Sally Bertlesen; brother Mark Kappenman, niece, Jill Kappenman, brothers-in-law, Bill Horstman and Charles Gustafson and father-in-law, Henry Henriksen.


Monday, June 27, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
1401 West Cedar
Mitchell, South Dakota


Tuesday, June 28, 2011
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 West Cedar
Mitchell, South Dakota


Riverview Cemetery
Centerville, South Dakota

Posted by Addy on August 20, 2011
My hat is off to your astute cmoanmd over this topic-bravo!
Posted by Gerald & Norma Westergaard on July 2, 2011
Carole & family
Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your beloved husband, father and grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Andy & Aimee Gilbert on June 28, 2011
Carole & Family,
We were blessed to know Pat through the SEARCH program. Pat was a loving generous man, and we are very blessed to have know him. Our prayers are with your family.

God Bless and Mary keep you.
Posted by Linda Ottoson on June 27, 2011
I made a Search many years ago with my son, Mike Feit. Pat was such an inspiration to me and to all the young people that attended while he and Carol were adult coordinators. God has a special place in heaven for him I'm sure. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Posted by Steve Kirwan on June 27, 2011
My deepest sympathies to Carol and the entire Kappenman family. Pat was a friend and a kind, generous and spiritual man. I'm grateful for having known him.
Posted by Stan and Donna Nelson on June 27, 2011
Thoughts and prayers to the whole family.
Former neighbors in Mitchell.
Posted by Garry and Jo Freier on June 26, 2011
Carol and Family - our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Pat was a very kind, thoughtful person. God Bless you all.
Posted by Gordon and LaDell Tornberg on June 26, 2011
we send our heartfelt sympathy
Posted by Steve and Pam Verschoor on June 25, 2011
We wish you and your family our best condolences. You are in our prays and thoughts. We appreciated the time that we had and spent with you and your family. Love Steve and Pam Verschoor
Posted by Mike, Gretchen and Lilly on June 25, 2011
So sorry that we cannot be there with you today. We are so hapy to have met Pat. He was a great guy. Our love and prayers to you all.
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