Zeno Kappes, 92

Jan. 27, 1930 —
Oct. 26, 2022
BURR OAK - Zeno A. Kappes, age 92, of Burr Oak, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, at Wellington Place in Decorah, Iowa. 
Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 at Assumption Catholic Church in Canton, Minn., with Father Edward McGrath officiating. Burial took place at St. Bridget Cemetery in Bluffton, Iowa on Tuesday afternoon. 
Online condolences may be left at Hindtfuneralhomes.com.
Zeno Anthony Kappes was born on Jan. 27, 1930 in Fort Atkinson, Iowa to Leo and Bertha (Leibold) Kappes. He graduated from Cresco High School in 1948. On Feb. 26, 1949, he was united in marriage to Maxine White at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Cresco, and to this union nine children were born, Mary Ann, Linda, Dorothy, Duane, Donald, Sharon, Steven, Shirley and Suzanne.
The couple first lived at the Brown Zoo, where Zeno worked for Leon Brown. After living near Ridgeway, Iowa, they bought a farm east of Cresco, where they raised their family along with crops, dairy cows and hogs. Farming was Zeno’s life. 
Maxine passed away at the age of 49 on June 25, 1980. On May 13, 1982, Zeno married Helen Heying, who had eight children of her own. Helen passed away on Nov. 29, 1991. On June 13, 1992, he married Helen (Keck)  Ryan Knox, adding six more step-children to the family.
Zeno was a people person. He liked to make jokes and pick on those he loved. He could often be found enjoying a cup of coffee or playing cards, especially Euchre, 500 or Whist. He religiously attended morning coffee at Country Express on Highway 52. He would often be seen in his bib overalls on the farm or dressed up in blue jeans with large belt buckles, flannel shirts and a toothpick in his mouth. His 92 years seemed all too short. He was so loved and will be deeply missed.
Zeno is survived by his wife, Helen; children, Dorothy (Roger) Christensen of Estherville, Iowa, Duane (Michelle) Kappes of Farmington, Minn., Don (Jodi) Kappes of Cresco, Sharon (Tim) Ryan of Lime Springs, Iowa, Steven (Brenda) Kappes of Cresco, Shirley Olson of Merrifield, Minn. and Suzy (Elvis) Cole of Zumbro Falls, Minn.; brother, Leonard (Angie) Kappes of Cresco; step-children, James (Junia) Heying of Tiffan, Iowa, Colleen Michels of Hazelton, Iowa, Louis Heying of Calmar, Iowa, Dean (Joy) Heying of Fort Myers, Fla., Gail Heying of Calmar, Karen Cook of Littleton, Colo., Elaine (Roland) Fay of Roland, Iowa, Joe (Tara) Heying of Lakeland, Minn., Terry (Rhonda) Ryan of Cresco, Randy (Danette) Ryan of Decorah, Iowa, John (Sue) Ryan of Cresco, Mark (Michele) Ryan of Decorah, David (Tracy) Ryan of Decorah and Troy (Stacey) Knox of Decorah; grandchildren, Rodney (Kelly) Ryan, Kerri (John) Vrey, Kristopher Olson, Dustin Ryan, Melissa Kappes, Stefanie (Chris Zuercher) Kappes, Justin (fiancee Courtney Vaske) Cole, Shannon (Brandon) Pecinovsky and Codey (Brittany) Hayek; seven great-grandchildren; and many step-grandchildren and dozens of step-great-grandchildren from his extended families.
He was preceded in death by parents; first wife, Maxine; second wife, Helen; infant daughters, Mary Ann and Linda; sisters, Rita Kappes and Elaine Kappes; brother, Neil (Kathy) Kappes; and son-in-law, Steve Olson.

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