This is Scott Kappes and I live in Portland Oregon. I was raised in Southern California, son of Richard Kappes. My Father (Richard) is the son of Roy Kappes, who married Margarite Armbruster in Aurora, Illinois in the 20's and moved to California somewhere in the Late 30's.
I was wondering, and am sure "Somewhere" way back when, we were either related or from the same area in Germany.
I've also heard that the derivation of "Kappes" is "Coppess" and that makes sense with the other Coppess' on this BB.
Look forward to hearing from some of you.