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Anthony J. Caponigro

July 11, 1948 - October 16, 2022

U.S. Veteran

Service Date: October 20, 2022

Funeral Home Memorial Services of Iowa

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Anthony “Tony” John Caponigro of Ankeny, IA, passed away on October 16, 2022, surrounded by his loved ones. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at Memorial Services of Iowa, 4208 N. Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA 50023. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 20, 2022, also at the funeral home. Burial will immediately follow the service at Ankeny Memorial Gardens.

Tony is preceded in death by his mother, Rosalie Caponigro; his father, Vincent Caponigro; and his son, Shawn Caponigro. Tony is survived and remembered by his wife, Jeanine Caponigro of Ankeny, IA; children, Mickey Cook of Minneapolis, MN, Mark (Jenn) Caponigro, of Athens, GA, and Matthew (Tiffany) Caponigro of Ankeny, IA; two grandchildren, Nate and Ellie; siblings, Mary (Denny) Treanor of Polk City, IA, Frannie Channon of Waukee, IA, and Diana (Roger) Nagel of Des Moines, IA; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Tony was born July 11, 1948, in Des Moines, IA, the son of Vincent and Rosalie Caponigro. He attended Tech High School in Des Moines and Iowa State University. He served for 20 years in the U.S. Army from 1966 until his retirement as a Master Sergeant in 1986. He was assigned to the 830th Station Hospital, 88th Regional Support Command unit in Des Moines and later to the 5501st Army Reserve Medical Command. He regularly taught CPR classes.

Tony was actively involved in Kiwanis for over 30 years. During that time, he served as governor of the Nebraska/Iowa District from 1994-1995. He was employed with John Deere Des Moines Works in Ankeny for 33 years until his retirement in 2005. He was passionate about his Amateur HAM Radio hobby and held the call sign of WB0TWW. In 1993, he purchased and restored his father’s 1955 Chrysler Imperial. Throughout the next 29 years, he competed in numerous car shows and won countless awards. Upon his retirement from John Deere, he served as a caregiver of fine motor skills at ChildServe, in Johnston, IA, from 2005 to 2020. Tony dedicated his life to Christ and was a member of Hope Church of the Nazarene in Ankeny, and held numerous roles including Sunday school teacher, music leader, and board member. He will be missed by his family and friends who knew and loved him.

Memorials can be made to Hope Church of the Nazarene at 510 NW Ash Dr, Ankeny, IA 50023.

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