- Published: 11 December 2014
Ruby Lillian (Faulkner) Kappel, a long-time resident of Elk Creek, Nebraska, died Monday, the 1st of December, 2014 at Colonial Acres Nursing Home in Humboldt, Nebraska at the age of 98. She was born on January 24, 1916 in Wakefield, Kansas to William W. Faulkner and Edna May (Romesburg) Faulkner who farmed in the vicinity of Wakefield. She had four sisters who preceded her in death and a brother who died in infancy. Ruby was married for 69 years to Roy F. Kappel who preceded her in death in 2013. They met while he was assigned to Ft. Riley, Kansas. She traveled by train to San Antonio, Texas when he was reassigned there and they were married on December 21, 1943. She was a long standing and faithful member of the Church of the Nazarene. When there were none close enough for her to attend, she went to other churches but her love was always for the holiness way of life. Ruby was happiest when she could be with her family, especially her grandchildren. She loved playing dominos and reading with her grandchildren. Ruby also loved to cook and bake for her family. Her cookie jar was rarely empty and Roy often enjoyed her pies for dessert. The greatest love of her life next to her husband and family was music. She was an accomplished pianist and organist. She played the piano for churches in Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska. She was called back to duty in her 80’s to play the piano for worship at the United Methodist Church in Elk Creek. She had two organs in her home and a keyboard in the apartment at Colonial Acres. She enjoyed playing the old hymns of the church. She worked at several jobs throughout the years to provide support for her family. In Nebraska, she helped take care of children for several families in Elk Creek, worked in the flower shop in Auburn and at Guy Eversole’s in Elk Creek. Ruby is survived by three sons, Roger (Dollie) Kappel of Denison, Texas, Ray Kappel of Pawnee City, Nebraska, and Rex (Sara) Kappel of Humboldt. She had six grandchildren: Kimberly (Chris) Welch of Derby, Kansas, Kris (Matt) Miller of Leawood, Kansas, Jesica (Jon) Slottje of Abilene, Texas, Britt Kappel of Houston, Texas, Erik Kappel of Humboldt, and Kasey Kappel of Humboldt, and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, December 5, 2014 at the Wherry Mortuary in Tecumseh, Nebraska with Father Roger Kappel officiating. Organist Loretta Kerchal accompanied congregational hymns, “Amazing Grace” and “The Old Rugged Cross”. Pallbearers were Erik Kappel, Kasey Kappel, Kris Kappel Miller, Kim Welch, Jon Hoke and Gus Freeman. Interment was in the Pawnee City Cemetery, Pawnee City. Memorials may go to the family’s choice. Online condolences may be left @ www.wherrymortuary.com.