Coppess is the way the old Germans pronounced Kappes. My Grandfather was Leo Kappes and he was born on December 7, 1897 in St. Lucas. His father was Vincent Kappes. He was born in Baden, Germany and died in October 1917 and is buried in St. Lucas, Iowa. Vincents father was Joseph and was from hochhausen, baden, germany. There are quite a few Kappes' still in North East Iowa and in Minnesota from these ancestors.