|Birth: ||Jul. 22, 1933|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 27, 2011|
My father was born John Edward William Applegate in Trenton, New Jersey, on July 22, 1933, to John Edward and Eleanora May (Stahl) Applegate. He was raised in Hightstown and attended Hightstown schools, finishing the 11th grade before enlisting in the US Army.
He married my mother, Mary Paladino, on August 15, 1962. They bought a house in Spotswood, New Jersey, where we all lived until August 15, 1975, when we moved to Missouri. My parents bought a house in Lawson, Missouri, and we moved in on September 6, 1975.
He was named after his father and also after his mother's brother, William "Bill" Stahl. Uncle Bill was his favorite uncle who unfortunately was killed during combat in World War II.
My father was a greeter and member of the Living Word Church in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. He became a Christian late in his life and was baptized on June 14, 2009. He spoke about his church often and about the wonderful people who attended.
Rest in peace, Dad.
My father's obituary was written by my mother, who mistakenly thought his burial would be in Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery:
John Edward Applegate of Lawson MO passed away on Sept 27 2011 at the age of 78. A native of Hightstown NJ, he attended Hightstown High School, served in the U.S. Army 7th Division, 32nd Infantry Regiment, Item Co. from 1951-1955 (Korea 1952-53), and was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Purple Heart, and other medals. John brought his family to Lawson in 1975.
After more than 17 years with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he had been a boiler operator, and then a fire inspector with the Safety Office, he retired in 1993. He was a member of the Hightstown VFW Post 5700; the 32nd Infantry Regiment Assn.; the National Military Order of the Purple Heart; the National Korean War Veterans Assn.; the National Rifle Assn.; the 7th Infantry Division Assn.; the Korean War Memorial Library Assn.; the National American Legion Assn.; the Veterans of the 32nd Infantry; the Sons of Thunder car club, and Living Word Church, Excelsior Springs, MO.
Son of the late John and Eleanor Applegate, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Michael Scott, and brother William L. Applegate, Hightstown NJ.
He is survived by his wife Mary of the home; two step-daughters Katharine Brown (Tim), McFarland WI; and Theresa Krahenbuhl (Mike), Kansas City MO; daughters Linda Brown, Merced CA; Donna Walden, Excelsior Springs; Christine Raney (Tim), Lansing KS; son Mark Applegate (Mary Anne), Kansas City MO; eight grandchildren: Jason, Scott, Rachelle, Nick, Amy, Alex, Tim and Austin, and two great-grandchildren: Landon Riley and Kendall Katharine Ann.
Visitation will be Saturday, October 1, 2011, 10 am - 12 pm at the Polley Funeral Home in Lawson, MO, followed by service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the 32nd Infantry Assn. John will be laid to rest at the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, KS, Monday October 3 2011, 11am.
Arrangements through the Polley Funeral Home, Lawson, Mo. (816) 580-7704. Written condolences may be made at www.polleyfuneralhome.com.
John Edward Applegate (1911 - 1986)
Eleanora May Stahl Applegate (1913 - 1994)
Patricia Evon Patterson Applegate (1936 - 1961)
Michael Scott Applegate (1966 - 1967)*
John Edward William Applegate (1933 - 2011)
William Leroy Applegate (1944 - 2004)*
Leavenworth National Cemetery
Plot: Sec 52, Row 19, Gr 7
Created by: Linda Applegate Brown
Record added: Oct 02, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 77504229