Kappel Jr., Ernest 2/20/1946 - 1/20/2021 Lawton, MI Ernest Kappel Jr, 74, Lawton, MI passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 20, 2021 at his winter home in Lake Placid, FL. Ernest (Ernie) was born on February 20, 1946 in Chicago, IL to Ernest Kappel and Marie (Baki) Kappel. Ernie attended Lutheran Michigan Seminary High School in Saginaw, MI. He later earned his degree from Northwestern College in Watertown, WI. He began his career as a teacher and principal at at a Lutheran school in Milwaukee, WI and later retired from Hostess/Wonder Bread where he worked in management for 37 years. Ernie kept his Lutheran faith close to his heart and spent many years volunteering his time at numerous Lutheran churches as he traveled and started building lifelong relationships. His love for family and friends was never ending. Ernie never met anyone that he didn't respect and considered everyone a friend. His passions included sailing, fishing, his huge train collection, growing beautiful butterfly gardens, his love of being on the lake with family and friends, and his enjoyment of grilling burgers, steaks, and mushrooms. Preceded in Death by his father, Ernest Kappel, his mother, Marie (Baki) Kappel, and his sister, Laura Jean (Kappel) Brown. He was survived by his wife, Susan (Hennig) Kappel, his sister, Rosemary Kappel (John) Spratt his children, Julie Kappel (Alan) Maugherman, Karen Kappel Stevenson, Rebecca Kappel (Brent) Houk, and Matthew (Marie) Kappel. His step children, Debra Gruss, Christine (Gary) Sziede, Trina (Lance) Bartlett, 16 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Ernie was colorful in both his personality and his dress. When he entered a room he was always full of life and reminded us to start each day with a positive attitude. Ernie's passion for life was contagious. Being a father, Ernie showed us how to be supportive, patient and loving. As a social butterfly he enjoyed getting to know others while making everyone feel valued. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and friends. The memories that Ernie created will give everyone stories to tell for lifetimes. He was truly loved by all and constantly touched the lives of anyone that he crossed paths with. He will be missed dearly!