Obituary photo of James Caplinger%2c+Jr., Topeka-Kansas
In Loving Memory of

James M. Caplinger, Jr.

1956 - 2018
Obituary photo of James Caplinger%2c+Jr., Topeka-Kansas
In Loving Memory of

James M. Caplinger, Jr.

1956 - 2018

Services & Gatherings

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James M. Caplinger, Jr. (“Jim” or “JR”), 62, of Topeka, passed away on October 10, 2018.

Jim was born on May 5, 1956, the son of James M. Caplinger and Barbara Caplinger (Simmer).

Jim graduated from Washburn Rural High School in 1974 and went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Kansas. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law in 1982. He then went on to work alongside his father at James M. Caplinger Chartered.

He began his career within the Kansas telecommunications industry and became well known for his work nationally. Through the years, James honed his entrepreneurial skills by becoming a self-made real estate developer, business owner, and philanthropist.

Jim was active in his community as a member of the Topeka Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association, and CASA Board. He was a partner in the Evel Knievel Museum and was the co-creator and previous owner of the Blind Tiger Brewery and Restaurant, as well as the North Star Steak House. Among other innovative business ventures, he started an independent oil company with locations nationwide. He enjoyed mowing, NASCAR, and his family in his free time.

Jim married Pam Eldridge on April 17, 1987 by a Kansas Supreme Court Justice. They spent 31 years as partners in life and business.

Jim will be remembered as a loving husband and father, and he will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by wife, Pam Caplinger; daughters, Christine Caplinger (Nick Reynolds) and Allison Caplinger; siblings, Sharon Keyes and Mark Caplinger; special uncle, Bob Caplinger (Helen Caplinger); several nieces and nephews; as well as numerous extended family members.

In following his specific wishes, no services will be held at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made to CASA of Shawnee County, 501 SE Jefferson St #2002, Topeka, KS 66607 or to The Jim and Pam Caplinger, Jr. Family Foundation 823 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66612. This organization makes annual contributions to animal’s and children’s charities.

Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel is assisting the family. To leave a message for the family please click the "Share Memories" button above.
James M. Caplinger, Jr. (“Jim” or “JR”), 62, of Topeka, passed away on October 10, 2018.

Jim was born on May 5, 1956, the son of James M. Caplinger and Barbara Caplinger (Simmer).

Jim graduated from Washburn Rural High School in 1974 and went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Kansas. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law in 1982. He then went on to work alongside his father at James M. Caplinger Chartered.

He began his career within the Kansas telecommunications industry and became well known for his work nationally. Through the years, James honed his entrepreneurial skills by becoming a self-made real estate developer, business owner, and philanthropist.

Jim was active in his community as a member of the Topeka Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association, and CASA Board. He was a partner in the Evel Knievel Museum and was the co-creator and previous owner of the Blind Tiger Brewery and Restaurant, as well as the North Star Steak House. Among other innovative business ventures, he started an independent oil company with locations nationwide. He enjoyed mowing, NASCAR, and his family in his free time.

Jim married Pam Eldridge on April 17, 1987 by a Kansas Supreme Court Justice. They spent 31 years as partners in life and business.

Jim will be remembered as a loving husband and father, and he will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by wife, Pam Caplinger; daughters, Christine Caplinger (Nick Reynolds) and Allison Caplinger; siblings, Sharon Keyes and Mark Caplinger; special uncle, Bob Caplinger (Helen Caplinger); several nieces and nephews; as well as numerous extended family members.

In following his specific wishes, no services will be held at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made to CASA of Shawnee County, 501 SE Jefferson St #2002, Topeka, KS 66607 or to The Jim and Pam Caplinger, Jr. Family Foundation 823 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66612. This organization makes annual contributions to animal’s and children’s charities.

Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel is assisting the family. To leave a message for the family please click the "Share Memories" button above.

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