North Sterling Lake
(AP) --- The body of Richard Kappen, 34, Akron war veteran, was
recovered by volunteers Tuesday night from North Sterling Reservoir
where he drowned Monday.
Kappen, operator of a farm 14 miles southeast of Akron, was with
Leonard Grooms, 31, of Akron, when their powered flat boat capsized
during a high wind. They had been fishing.
Grooms said both were wearing life preservers and were experiencing
no difficulty until Kappen tried to right the boat. Grooms said he
believed the boat slammed into Kappen, inflicting a head injury,
He slid beneath the surface before Grooms could reach him.
Kappen's body was found only after Acting Gov. Stephen. L. R.
McNichols asked the Navy to send divers to aid the search.
[Greeley Daily Tribune, Greeley, CO, Friday, June 15, 1956, Page
FALLS --- Funeral services for
Richard Kappen, 33, a former Iowa Falls resident who drowned near
Sterling, Colo, earlier this week, were conducted Saturday at the
Anderson Home for funerals. The Rev. William Ullerick, pastor
of the Grant Lutheran Church, officiated. Burial was at the
He drowned in a reservoir while fishing with friends. For the
past five years he had been farming near Akron, Colo.
Survivors include his widow, the former Jean Erickson, Iowa Falls;
a brother, Harold, Iowa Falls; a sister. Mrs. Marlin Wenger,
Waterloo; his parents Fred Kappen, Guthrie, Minn., and Mrs. Donna
[The Mason City Globe-Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Saturday, June 16,
1956, Page 8]
Grave marker for Richard
R. Kappen in the Pleasant Hill, aka Grant Township, Cemetery, (Franklin
Richard enlisted in the Army at Camp Dodge, Herrold, IA, on 25 February
October 1945, T5 Kappen was in a group of men transferred from the 504th
and 505th Parachute Infantry regiments. The order didn't specify
which source regiment an individual came from/
October 1945 T5
Kappen was transferred to Hq 1st, 508th PIR as part of a group from the
504th and 505th Parachute Infantry/ Although the order specified
which company each individual was assigned to, it didn't indicate which
regiment each man came from.
Richard submitted the above Iowa WWII
Veterans Bonus application on 24 June 1949. On page 2 he indicated
that he had been in Hq 1st, 504th PIR which clears up the question
regarding his transfer to the 508th.