Garey Eltjo Kapp our loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away on August 4, 2023 at the age of 88.
Garey was born on September 17, 1934 in Ogden, Utah. He was the first-born son of Eltjo “Al” and Eileen Moyes Kapp. Garey was raised in Ogden and attended Ogden City Schools. He was very proud of his Dutch Heritage and told many stories about his ancestors who had traveled here from the Netherlands to settle in Ogden.
Garey married the love of his life Carolyn Patricia Wilkinson on April 7, 1954. Together they raised six children. Pat passed away on February 23, 2013.
Garey enlisted in the U.S. Navy on October 1, 1952 during the Korean War. He was stationed in San Diego. In 1954 he was given orders to report for duty at Pearl Harbor where he began training as a Sonar Operator. He served aboard the U.S.S. Carpenter, a destroyer escort specializing in anti-submarine warfare. They traveled with a squadron of four ships; two aircraft carriers and two cruisers. While there he was part of the South China Sea Mission. They were sent out to protect Taiwan “Formosa” from China. Garey served in the Navy for four years of active duty and four more years of inactive duty. He returned home with his wife and their first-born son on September 26, 1956 and was discharged on October 1, 1960. After returning home he worked with his father where he was taught the art of decorative and ornamental plastering.
He played the stand-up bass in school and began earning money with his talent at about 17 years old. He would continue playing dance jobs throughout his adult life at many local dance halls.
Garey began his career with Continental Baking Company in 1960 working as a driver/salesman delivering Wonder Bread and Hostess Cake for 34 years.
Dad was a jack of all trades. Repairing anything and everything. He had endless energy. He loved the outdoors. Some of our favorite family memories were made while camping, fishing and hunting with Dad. He loved music, theatre and traveling. He and mom looked forward to attending the Shakespearean Festival every year in Cedar City. Dad loved his family. He often spoke of how proud he was of each and every one of us. He had a way of making everyone feel special. He will be dearly missed.
Garey is survived by his son, Ellery Scott (Marion) Kapp of Roy; daughters, Kera (Robert) Atmore of North Ogden, LesLee (Kirk) Robinson of Roy, Kelly (Tony) Colvin of Ogden, and Dawnette (Dan) Bellinfante of Oceanside, CA; 23 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren; his brother, Alden (Lorraine) Kapp of West Jordan; and his sister, Janeen (Dennis) Bitton of St. George. He was preceded in death by his wife; his daughter, Karen K Montgomery; grandson, Sheldon Robinson; and his parents.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at 11 a.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. Friends may visit with family on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary. Interment, Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd.