Cody Lance Kapitzke, of Stevens Point, passed away unexpectedly at home on November 6, 2023, at the young age of 31.
Cody was born February 17, 1992 in Stevens Point, the son of Lance and Louise (née Harper) Kapitzke. He spent his entire life in the Stevens Point area, attending local schools and graduating from Stevens Point Area Senior High in 2011.
As a young boy, Cody was a ray of light wherever he went; talkative, inquisitive, energetic, and always smiling. These traits would never leave him, nor did his love of being active. As a teenager, he was a member of a boxing gym and spent much of his free time at the YMCA.
After high school, Cody joined the workforce, working at Walgreens for a bit before working at the UWSP in the food service industry. He was a hard working and dedicated employee, rarely missing a shift, and truly enjoying his work and those he worked with.
When he wasn’t at work, Cody spent a lot of his time running; his true passion. He was affectionately known in the community as “The Running Guy” as he could be seen almost every day, running different routes, for many miles. Unbeknownst to him, this inspired numerous community members who witnessed his dedication to running. His love for running provided him with great lifetime accomplishments, too; he competed in half marathons and recently completed a full marathon.
While he preferred running, he really was a fitness guru, spending time biking and lifting weights as well. Furthermore, he enjoyed listening to music, watching football games and movies, playing chess, and of course, spending time with his beloved family.
Cody will be remembered for far more than running. He was a loving, genuine, and considerate person, spreading kindness to everyone he met. Although his time here was short, his impact on those he loved will never be forgotten. His ray of light that shone so bright throughout his life, will shine in our hearts forever.
Cody will be greatly missed by his parents, Lance and Louise; his sisters, Brittney (Carter Gilliland) Kapitzke and Makayla (Abishua) Kealiher; his maternal grandparents, John and Margaret Harper; and his paternal grandparents, Jack and Georgia Kaptizke. He is further survived by his uncles, Tracy (Paula) Harper, Mark Harper, and Joe (Melissa) Harper; his aunts, Lisa Harper, Lori Harper, Lynne (Tim) Lowe, Lizabeth Harper, and Darcy Travagline; a nephew, Logan Kapitzke; a niece, Maya Kealiher; and numerous friends and extended family members.
A funeral service will be held to honor Cody’s memory at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, at Shuda Funeral Home, 3200 Stanley St., Stevens Point. Pastor Steve Hulke will officiate. Friends and family are invited to gather and share memories at the funeral home on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 4-7 p.m., and again on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.
Shuda Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.shudafuneral.com.