Born in Fulton, he was a life resident of the Fulton and Oswego areas. He retired from Oswego City School District in 2008 after 23 years as a custodian. He had previously worked for Local 214.
An avid bowler, he was inducted into the Fulton Bowling Hall of Fame. For many years, he played Santa Claus at the family home on Bronson Street in Oswego, entertaining the neighborhood children.
He was predeceased by his parents, Raymond and Mabel Caprin; sister, Mabel Kimball; brothers, William “Jim” Raymond, Billy and Richard Caprin and by a niece, Maurine Caprin.
Surviving are his companion of 27 years, Sharon Watson of Fulton; a son, Gary (Denise) Caprin Jr. of Oswego; a daughter, Heidi (Fran) Rowe of Oswego; six grandchildren, Gary III, Andrew, Marina, Mason, CJ and Adam; step-children, Carl (Kelly) Watson of Hannibal, Wayne (Bridgett) Watson of Fulton and Julie (Warren Newman) Carter of Fulton; brother, Bernard (Dorothy) Caprin of Fulton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours and service were held Sunday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Graveside services were held Monday 10 a.m. at Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal.