William M. Appleton
Hawk, NC – Always larger than life, William “Bill” Martin Appleton
departed the confinement of this world to soar among the eagles the
morning of April 3, 2017. Forever proud to be an American, Bill
bled red, white & blue until the day his mortal body succumbed to
defeat in the final battle of good versus evil – otherwise known as
Bill was known for his patriotism, his
selflessness to help others in times of need and his ability to always
have an answer handy no matter the question. Having been born
June 17, 1941 to the late Wilma Marie Ahlquist and Harold “Bud” Martin
Appleton and raised on a farm in Canal Fulton, OH, he began a 20 year
career as a Boiler Technician in the United States Navy at the age of
17 serving during the Vietnam War. His dedication to the military
service and love of country included much work with asbestos related
materials, leading to his final battle with mesothelioma.
gone in body, a part of his spirit continues on forever in his soulmate
and wife of 42 years, Sharen Appleton (Kitty Hawk, NC). Bill is
also survived by his children, daughter Billie Jo Appleton and fiancé
Scott of Jarvisburg, NC; son Aaron Appleton and wife Patty of North
Lawrence, OH; Tammy Lewallen and husband Ron of Moseley, VA; and son
Eric Appleton and wife Sandra of Kill Devil Hills, NC. Presenting
him with the award for Best Grandpa are several grandchildren:
Aaron Patrick, Taylor, Amber, Ariel, Brandon, Madilynn, Hannah,
Abbagayle and (being released Summer 2017) Mila. He is also
survived by his half-brother Jay Swigart and wife Kathy of Warrenton,
VA and his half-sisters Sheri Swartz of Canal Fulton, OH; Diane Swigart
of Fayetteville, NC and Susan Schaeffer of Jackson, MS and too many
nieces and nephews to name.
Friends and family may view
Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Gallop Memorial Chapel in Barco, NC from 1
to 3 pm. The funeral with military honors will commence at 3pm.
Reverend Cherri Wheeler will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, the
family appreciates donations in his name to the International
Mesothelioma Program at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.
to the family are welcome at www.gallopfuneralservices.com.
Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.
Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. 6917 S. Croatan
Hwy. Nags Head, NC 27959