Junior Lewis Appleby June 5, 1935 – Nov. 16, 2017

Junior Lewis Appleby

Junior Lewis Appleby, 82, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017.

He was born June 5, 1935 to John and Josephine Appleby. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John, James, Jay, Leroy, Joseph (Ernie); sisters, Jeraldine, JoAnn and Judy and granddaughter, Gianna.

Junior met his wife Suzanne when she was in high school, the two married in Cedar Rapids, January 5, 1956.

 Junior was in the United States Air Force for 20 years, which eventually took him to Puerto Rico, where his family lived for 6+ years. After retiring from the United States Air Force, he worked for Beech Aircraft for 22 years in Experimental. Junior and Suzanne moved to Derby in 1973. Junior was a member of the NCOA, and volunteered with the Welcome Center at the base, which was a perfect job for him. He did not know a stranger!

His hobbies were hunting, fishing, bowling, metal detecting, unofficial neighborhood watch, a big and beautiful garden, and he loved enjoying the pool with his family and friends.

Junior is survived by his wife, Suzanne; daughters, Jayne Marie (Steve) Jackson, JoAnn (Chris) Spencer, Cheryl Appleby, Melody Appleby Chilcoate; and son, Lewis (Teresa) Appleby; 14 grandchildren, Shayla Glenn, Shauna (Pete), Marker, Abby (Jake) Bell, Curtis (Shiloah) Jackson, Stephen (Breanna) Jackson, Jessica (Robbie) Smith, Jenny Spencer, Christopher (Natalie) Spencer, Shannon Spencer, Leigh (Matt) Rogers, Rickey (Kelsey) Bevier, Anna (Jacob) Walker, Tim Bevier, and Katie Chilcoate.

Visitation was held 1-8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. Family greeted friends from 5-7p.m. at Smith Mortuary, Derby, Kansas. Memorial Service was held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 at South Rock Christian Church, Derby, Kansas.

Memorial Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.


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