|Birth: ||Dec. 2, 1930|
|Death: ||Jun. 10, 2010|
Howard Leon Apel was born to Harold Eugene and Lucia Anna (Werner) Apel on December 2, 1930 in Casper, Wyoming. He graduated from Natrona County High School in 1948. In 1952, he married the love of his life, Roma Jean Weaver at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Casper, Wyoming and would have celebrated 58 years together this July. Together, they share three children: Roxanne Apel Araas (Fred Araas) of Sheridan, Ron Eugene Apel of Sheridan and Jerrold Fredrick Apel of Story.
Howard was a veteran of the Wyoming Army National Guard, serving over 23 years and achieving the rank of First Sergeant before retiring as a Master Sergeant. He served in Bravo Company 115th Mechanized Cavalry and Headquarters Battery 3rd of the 49th Field Artillery. Before serving in the National Guard, Howard completed three years of Junior ROTC at Natrona County High School, and at the age of 15 became a member of the Wyoming State Militia.
Most of his life, Howard worked as a chemist in the oil and coal industry. He was employed with the Mobil Oil Refinery in Casper and Seattle, as well as Reynolds & Texaco at Lake DeSmet and in Ontario, California. During his career as a chemist, he received numerous accolades including recognition for over 20 years of active participation on the ASTM D-5 Committee on Coal and Coke.
Howard was an accomplished craftsman. In 1967, he build the family home in Story, Wyoming, where they resided throughout his life. While serving as an appointed member on the Story Planning Advisory Board, he helped to establish the first emergency system for Story's residents. He was a member of the Story School Board, the Story Community Library Board, the Story PTA, the Lions Club, and the Elks Club in both Sheridan and Casper. He was a devoted member and participant on the parish council of Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church, volunteering much of his personal time and abilities to the upkeep and maintenance of the church. Howard performed as a volunteer fireman and EMT. He served as president for the Wyoming Ambulance and Emergency Medical Services Association. (WAEMSA)
Howard was an avid hunter and fisherman, who enjoyed teaching his grandsons how to fish in his handmade pond. He enjoyed studying family genealogy and the history of local battlefields. Countless hours were spent prospecting for gold with his metal detector and adding to his coin collection. He always welcomed and enjoyed a challenging game of cribbage, bridge or Poker. Howard possessed a uniquely witty sense of humor and was a constant tease to everyone he met. He was very much loved by his family and greatly respected by everyone who had the fortune of being his acquaintance. His strong work ethics, faith, high morals, respect for our country, mischievous smirk and love for life will greatly be missed, and will influence his family "FOREVER AND EVER."
Howard is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Fred and a sister Agnes Lovelace. He is survived by his wife, children, four grandchildren: Ryan Joseph Araas (Shelly), Christopher Howard Apel, Robert Leon Araas and Curtis Matthew Apel all of Sheridan; and three great-grandchildren, Tyra, Liberty and Caleb Araas.
Christian Wake Service will be held at Kane Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 16th, at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 17th, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church located in Story, Wyoming with Father Thomas Ogg officiating. Graveside services, with military honors, will immediately follow at the Quiet Rest Cemetery of Kearney (Story). After services, a reception celebrating Howard's life will be held at the Story Woman's Club. In lieu of flowers, the family recommends that memorials be made to Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church, 34 Wagon Box Rd., Story Wy. 82842, Story Volunteer Fire Station, P. O. Box 4, Story, Wy. 82842, Story Woman's Club, 28 N. Piney Rd. Story, Wy. 82842, or the Sheridan Dog and Cat Shelter, 84 East Ridge Road, Sheridan, Wy. 82801
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Harold Eugene Apel (1900 - 1952)
Roxanne Apel Araas (1953 - 2013)*
Quiet Rest Cemetery
Created by: Karylyn Petrie
Record added: Jun 15, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53742601