Fred Lloyd Caplinger, 94, a life-long resident of Elkins, and more recently a resident of Colonial Place at Elkins, departed this life Monday morning, Feb. 10, 2014, in Davis Medical Center at Elkins.
He was born Saturday, March 1, 1919, at Elkins, a son of the late Earle and Lillie May Folks Caplinger.
He was a 1937 graduate of Elkins High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and was a veteran of World War II.
On Dec. 14, 1943, at Elkins, he was married to the former Hope Cooper, while he was home on leave from the U.S. Navy. Together, they enjoyed many years of traveling, especially trips with the Tygart’s Valley Shrine Club and the Osiris Shrine Temple. In 2013, they celebrated 70 years of marriage.
Fred was a former employee of Craig Motor Service retiring in 1985 after 45 years of service. He was a member of Elkins High School Alumni Association, Tygart Valley Post 3647, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the B.P.O.E. 1135, the Presbyterian Men, Elkins Lodge 108, A. F. & A. M., Scottish Rite, Tygart Valley Shrine Club and Osiris Shrine Temple of Wheeling. He was also active in the Shriner Klowns and was affectionately referred to as “Hubcab” by all who knew him. He was a 74-year member of Elkins Kiwanis Club and a lifelong member of Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his wife, Hope, of Elkins; a son, Jeffrey L. Caplinger and wife, Lisa, of Moncks Corner, S.C.; a sister-in-law, Kathryn “Katie” Ware of Elkins; three grandchildren, Greyson Caplinger, Sydney Wilson and husband, Derek, and Emily Caplinger; and three stepgrandchildren, Brandon, Aaron and Stephan Tenney.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Hugh Nelson Caplinger and Marvin Lewis Caplinger.
Fred was a loving husband, son and grandfather and will be missed by all who knew him.
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. On Thursday, Feb. 13, at 10:30 a.m., a life celebration service will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Peter A. Vial and the Rev. Kevin Starcher. Interment will follow in Maplewood Cemetery at Elkins, where the H.W. Daniel’s Post 29 American Legion, Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars and the U.S. Navy will conduct full military honors and Elkins Lodge 108, A. F. & A. M. will conduct Masonic graveside rites.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church, 450 Randolph Ave., Elkins, WV 26241 or to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 1645 W. Eighth St., Erie, PA 16505. Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Fred Lloyd Caplinger. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.