Kenneth Ray Caplinger
11/17/1930 - 11/12/2018

Kenneth Ray Caplinger, 87, passed away at home in Celeste on Nov. 12, 2018.


Mr. Caplinger was born, in Celeste, Tx., November 17, 1930, he was the son of Bryan and Connie (Kennedy) Caplinger. He married Frances West on April 16, 1983 in Wylie, Texas.

Kenneth was most proud of his family, and his 20 plus year career in the United States Navy

Seabees, from which he retired in 1971. His tours of duty included Africa, Bermuda, Cuba,

Antartica, South Pole, and VietNam (2 tours with NMCB “The Great 58”). He was past

Commander of the VFW Post 4011Greenville, as well as a member of the American Legion,

Elks, and Disabled AmericanVeterans. His medals include Navy Occupational Service Medal,

Navy Unit Commendation Citation, 3 national Defense Medals, Viet Nam Service  Medal with Fleet INS, Marine Force Combat w/insignia, VietNam Campaign Medal, and Good Conduct w/Bronze Star.

He is survived by his wife Frances; daughters Connie Nelson (Rick), Shelley Callanan; sons

Barry Banks, Monty Banks (Susie); sister Shirley Dennis (Clyde), grandchildren Chanel (Ses), B.J., Daniel (Brittany), Richard (Ashley), Becca, Cory, John, Faith; great grandchildren, Kolin, Sara, Ezra, Hailey, Gabby, and Blayklee, along with a host of nieces and nephews.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, children Kenny, RayeAnne and Ricky, and siblings Pauline Bolding, Jeannie Sprinkle, Lorene Walker, Carol Caplinger and son-in-law, Robert Callanan.

A special thank you to his caretakers Dr. Gamboa and staff, and the nurses and aides of Healing Touch Homecare.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday November 16, 2018 at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home in Greenville, Tx. Interment will follow at Celeste Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Celeste Fire Department or Patriot Paws

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