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Vernon Appleby

Vernon L. Appleby

Friday, January 25th, 1935 - Tuesday, January 21st, 2020
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Vernon L. Appleby, 84, of Littleton, Colorado passed away on Tuesday morning, January 21, 2020 surrounded by his family.

Vernon was born January 25, 1935 in Kiowa, Kansas to Justin and Lilia Appleby. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in electrical engineering, and worked for Honeywell in Minnesota, Colorado, and Switzerland for about 30 years. He married Barbara Ghormley in 1959, and together raised three daughters, Linda, Cynthia, and Kelly, and one son Robert (Bob) in Littleton.

Vernon is survived by his wife Barbara of 60 years, his four children, Linda (Steve) Taylor, Cynthia and Kelly Appleby, and Robert (Jennifer) Appleby; four awesome grandchildren, Emily, Scott, and Sam Appleby, and Michael Taylor; sister Betty (Frank) Frost; nieces Debbie (Nathan) Jordan, Cathy Raymer, Connie Carson, and Jen (Barry) Brandenburg. He was preceded in death by his parents Justin and Lilia Appleby and sister Norma (Wayne) Peters.

Vernon enjoyed spending time in his woodworking shop where he made beautiful walnut and oak furniture that today graces many family homes. He kindly shared his meticulously clean shop with a litter box belonging to the beloved family cat (Peanuts). He also enjoyed baking bread for family and friends (and for personal consumption). His passion for baking and cooking never caused him or Barbara to gain weight as both religiously participated in cardio classes at the Littleton YMCA, with Vernon often being the only male in attendance. Whenever possible he liked to pack up the family station wagon with his raft and go fishing, or pack a suitcase and travel the world. These trips often included long hikes, though probably his favorite hiking trails were those at Mueller State Park in Colorado. He was a strong believer in the importance of family, resulting in research and trips devoted to finding genealogy records, numerous trips to visit family in Kansas, and large family dinners every Sunday evening. He was also a man ahead of his time as he raised all of his children to cook and change the oil in their cars. Vernon passed along his talents, passions, and beliefs to his children and grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 12:30 PM on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at Three Trees Chapel at 13416 West Arbor Place, Littleton, CO 80127.
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  • Interment

    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 |
    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020
    Littleton Cemetary
    Address Not Available
Followed by Burial at Littleton Cemetery


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