Robert LeRoy Kappler, 77, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, died Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.
He was born January 21, 1936, in Jerseyville, Illinois, to Louis Edward and Mary Robbins Kappler.
He was a member of West Pine Bluff Church of God.
He began his career at Grafton Boat Company in Illinois, moving to Pine Bluff in 1972, as one of the founders of SteelShip Corporation, retiring from Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel in 2003.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Pearl Ross of Kane, Illinois.
Survivors include his wife, Janie Ann Baker Kappler; sons, Robert (Leesa) Kappler and Jon, all of Pine Bluff, Neil (Theresa) of Little Rock; grandchildren, Brad Kappler, Megan Reed; a great-grandchild, Casie Kappler, all of Pine Bluff; sisters, Edith Lester, Esther Evans, Violet Clendenny, Ruth Ann McClintock, Darlene Miller, Carolyn Plummer; a brother, David Kappler, all of Jersey County, Illinois.
A memorial service will be held, 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, West Pine Bluff Church of God with Reverend Scott Cox officiating. Visitation will follow the memorial service. Arrangements by Ralph Robinson & Son.
Memorials may be made to West Pine Bluff Church of God, 5810 West Malcomb Street, Pine Bluff, AR, 71602.
Online register at http://www.ralphrobinsonandson.com .