Morton J “Kappy” Kaplan

by | Nov 4, 2021 | Obituaries

VIRGINIA BEACH—Morton J. “Kappy” Kaplan, 91, passed away on Tuesday, October 19, 2021.

A native of New York, he was the son of Harry Kaplan and Mary Levine Kaplan.

Kappy was a paratrooper with of the 101st Airborne Division Screaming Eagles in the U.S. Army. He was transferred to Fort Belvoir, Virginia in 1950 where he supervised troop movement to Korea during the Korean War.

Shortly after leaving his discharge from the Army, Kappy went to work for the Hecht Company, and it was there he was trained to a carpet buyer. Eventually he was offered a job as a buyer in Norfolk, Virginia which is was what brought him to the area over 60 years ago. In the early 1960s Kappy opened Thalia Carpet and Drapery Shop directly across the street from Willis Wayside. Kappy ended his career in carpet just weeks before his passing as the flooring department manager for the last 16 years at the very same Willis [Wayside] Furniture. He loved his job, but even more he loved the people he worked with.

In addition to his parents, Kappy was predeceased by his brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Norma Harrison, and by his grandson William Boswell III; Kappy is survived by two daughters Marcy Smith (Ron) and Paula Rodgers (Chuck); two sons Micah Kaplan and Ryan Asher Kaplan; stepson Brock Davenport (Dawn.); nephew Robert Harrison; niece Nancy Harrison; nine grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was conducted at Altmeyer Funeral Home, followed by a burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery officiated by Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg of Ohef Sholom Temple.

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