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Betty Lu (Hedgepeth) Kappler , Age: 91
May 10, 1931 - April 08, 2023

Betty Lu (Hedgepeth) Kappler, 91 passed away on April
8, 2023, in Lacey, Washington.
Betty was born on May 10, 1931, in Bowling Green,
Kentucky to Emily and Claude Hedgepeth. She married
her husband John “Jack” Kappler on September 4,1954
and the couple had four children. They started their life
together in Texas before raising their family across
Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, California and finally
Washington where they settled in Redmond in 1981.
They later retired to Port Ludlow in 1991. Due to Betty’s
illness, they relocated recently to an Independent Living
Retirement Community in Lacey Washington.
Family was her focus and key to everything she did.
Wherever they went, she always created a loving home
to spend time with her husband and family.
The family is forever grateful for her love and caring as a
wife and mother, grandmother and great grandmother to
create the family we cherish.
She had a passion for genealogy and shared that
passion with others through teaching. Throughout their
68-year marriage, Betty and Jack loved to travel. They
enjoyed their time in Mexico and Tucson, Arizona. Betty
made friends wherever she went, as we always said,
“she never met a stranger”.
Betty is survived by her husband, Jack Kappler, her four
children, Susan (Morris) Abell, John (Pam) Kappler, Mark
(Maria) Kappler, Matthew (Julie Richardson) Kappler, five
grandchildren, Michael (Chelsea) Kappler, Benjamin
(Nikki) Kappler, and Jessica Abell, Thomas Kappler and
Stephanie Hazel and her great grandchild Jack Kappler.
In lieu of a Memorial Service there will be a Graveside
Interment held on Tuesday April 18, 2023, at 11:15 am at
Tahoma National Cemetery followed immediately by an
informal gathering to honor and celebrate her life.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations
made in her memory to “Friends History Library”
(Genealogy Research Family Search Facility, one of the
largest in the world in Salt Lake City) to honor her love of
Genealogy and allow others to research their family


Thank you to all of those that have reached out with love
and support.



Lyn Calvin Stoecker April 16, 2023

Dear Friend Enter your city ,

I hardly know where to start. I can't remember when Betty and all of the Kappler family weren't a part of my life. There have been so many times to remember: camping, vacation in Colorado, visits to Kansas City, my wedding, a trip to Salt Lake City to research genealogy, visits to Tucson. What a big impact she had on my life and what an honor to know her. I will miss her greatly and always remember her with great love. My most sincere condolences to Jack, John, Susan, Mark, Matt and all of their family members.

Bonny Spencer April 19, 2023

Enter your relationship with Betty Lu (Hedgepeth) Kappler Enter your city ,

I met Betty when we lived in Wa. She immediately asked if I wanted to learn how to paint ceramics. I said "no thank you" and she replied "yes you do". Life was quite the adventure if you were lucky enough to be friends with Jack and Betty. They would do anything for you and made sure you were always well fed and wined. Miss you dear Betty and give Lee a kiss from me.

George and Ann Hamson April 24, 2023

Friends Port Townsend , Washington

We got to know Betty and Jack after we came here in 1994, and they remained such dear friends ever since. We loved Betty's no-nonsense personality and benefited from her open and honest advice and generosity of spirit. Plus, we'll always remember hers (and Jack's) company, yummy dinners and fun card games we enjoyed in their home. We'll always love and miss you, dear friend.

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