Archive for Thursday, March 16, 2006

Benjamin D. Capshaw Jr

March 16, 2006

— Services for Benjamin D. Capshaw Jr., 86, former assisant deputy commandant of the Command and General Staff College and chief of staff of Fort Leavenworth, were Wednesday, March 15, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Mr. Capshaw died Sunday, March 12, 2006, at his home in Leavenworth.

He was born July 15, 1919, in Holly Ridge, La., the son of Benjamin D. Capshaw Sr., and Sally T. Capshaw.

Mr. Capshaw was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He retired in 1972.

He began his military service in 1941. In July 1942, upon completion of the Officers Candidate School at Fort Sill, Okla., he was commissioned a second lieutenant of artillery. In World War II, he served with the 207th Field Artillery Group in the Pacific theater and with Headquarters, Armed Forces Western Pacific in Manila, the Phillipines. In the Korean War, he served with the G-3 Operations section, headquarters. Eighth U.S. Army.

During his 31 years of active service, he was assigned to a wide variety of command and staff positions, including command at battery, battalion, brigade and division artillery levels; and in staff positions at battalion, division artillery, division, field army, theater and Department of the Army.

Following graduation from the U.S. Army War College in 1965, he was assigned to Fort Leavenworth and the Command General Staff College. His initial assignment was director, larger unit operations, and later as assistant deputy commandant of the College and chief of staff at Fort Leavenworth.

Following retirement in 1972, he worked for 10 years with the Arnold Palmer Golf Co. He also worked with the Leavenworth County Chapter of the American Cancer Society for eight years and contributed greatly to the society's fundraising effort during that period.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Georgia R. Capshaw; two sons, Benjamin D. III, New Orleans, and Clinton L., Katy, Texas; a daughter Donna C. Sumpter, Kansas City, Mo; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

The family family suggests memorials to Cushing Hospice of Leavenworth or the St. Paul Episcopal Church, sent in care of Davis Funeral Chapel, 531 Shawnee St., Leavenworth 66048.

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