John B. (Jack) Capps, 77, of Forreston died Saturday May 31, 2014 due to a brief battle with cancer.

He was surrounded by family at his summer home in Merrimac, WI. He was born January 3, 1937 in Freeport, the son of Milton and Mildred (Bruce) Capps. He was employed by Barber Colman/Reed Chatwood in Rockford for 40 years before he retired.

Jack enjoyed following his children and grandchildren’s sporting, musical, and academic achievements. He loved taking them fishing and golfing and playing practical jokes on them. He was an avid Nascar race fan and attended many races at Daytona and throughout the country. After retirement he took up golf and loved his winter home in Florida on the golf course. He traveled to all 50 states with his wife of 56 years, Romaine (Schoonhoven) Capps.

Surviving are his wife, Romaine, son Mark of Hartford, WI, 2 daughters Jill (Norman) Folkerts of Union, IA and Kay Capps Cross of Spring Grove, MN. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Chase and Hunter Morgan, Madison, WI, Tiffiny (Jesse) Smith of Rockford, Garrett, Addison and Elliott Cross of Spring Grove, MN, Kaley Cross of Chicago, and Jonathon Capps of San Diego, CA, two step-grandchildren Joel (Jennifer) Folkerts and Brett Folkerts of Ames, IA, two great-grandchildren, Leiya and Gavin Smith and four step-great-grandchildren, Kylie Smith, Ayden, Cael and Carson Folkerts, 2 nieces Lynne (Erickson) Thiege and Tonya Erickson and two nephews Christopher (Flavia) and Matthew Erickson of Las Vegas, NV. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Nancy (Capps) Erickson, and a nephew William Erickson.

Cremation rites were performed at his request. Memorial services will be held at United Methodist Church in Forreston on Tuesday June 10 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation prior to the service from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

A memorial gathering will also be held at his Wisconsin home, 746 Lake Wisconsin Drive, Merrimac, WI on Tuesday June 24 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial funds have been established according to Jack’s wishes.