Tommy Dean Kapica age 73 of Buffalo, Mo. was born January 1, 1946 to Jackie (Blades) Kapica and Walter John Kapica in Springfield, Mo. Tommy passed away November 18, 2019 at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Mo.
He attended Roberson and Bowerman Elementary, Reed Junior High, Hillcrest and Central High Schools.
He met his only Love in elementary, went “steady” in Junior High, then Linda and Tommy were married in High School at the age of 16. They were married for over 57 years.
He worked from driver to assistant manager at Meeks Lumber Co. for 10 years, and as a factory supervisor for over 20 years while operating his family dairy farm at Fair Grove for 18 years. He had helped his sons here in Buffalo for over 20 years with their businesses and always enjoyed visiting with the customers. His family was always most important.
He loved hunting and fishing, rebuilding classic cars with his friends, and going on some great vacations with friends. He was saved and baptized at the age of 21 and is now with his Lord and Savior.
He was a 32nd-degree Mason with the Strafford Masonic Lodge.
Tommy is preceded in death by his parents Jackie (Blades) Kapica Stout and Walter John Kapica; Stepfather: Hubert Mason Stout; Father- and Mother-In-Law: Myrl and Ellen King; Nephew: Michael John King; and Granddaughter: Tiffany Leigh Kapica.
He is survived by his Wife: Linda Jean Kapica of Buffalo, Missouri; Son and Wife: Steven Scott and Desree Ann Kapica of Springfield, Missouri; Son: Bryon Duane Kapica of Buffalo, Missouri; Half Brother: Frederick Kapica of Valparaiso, Indiana; Half Sister: Rebecca Jefferson of Kouts, Indiana; Brother- and Sister-In-Law: Harry and Mary King of Springfield, Missouri; Grandchildren Bryson, Keeleigh and Jaxson Kapica of Springfield, Missouri and Matt and John Frye always called him Granpa; Nieces: Eleena King and Mickell King of Springfield, Missouri.
Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 22, 2019 at the Bellview Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri with Dr. Douglas Earls officiating. Pallbearers will be Gerald Pryor, Robert Crowder, Terry Lindsay, Steve Benson, Matt Frye and John Frye. Services are under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness & Viets Funeral Home of Buffalo.