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610 S. Duncan St.
PO Box 487
Stillwater, OK 74076
Phone: (405) 372-5550
Fax: (405) 372-5608
James Appel

James Dunford Appel

Sunday October 11, 1925 - Saturday June 15, 2019
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James (Jim) Dunford Appel, 93, completed his earthly journey on June 15, 2019. Jim was born to William and Harriet Appel on October 11, 1925. Jim graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, DC in June 1943, and enlisted the following month in the US Navy Flight Training Program. Jim served two years in the military and was discharged from the Navy in September 1945 following the end of WWII.
In June 1946 Jim married Marjorie Jane Sanborn, who he met in high school several years earlier. After his military service he attended the University of Maryland and Pennsylvania State College receiving a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State in February 1949. He worked for the National Bureau of Standards in Washington DC. He continued his education, taking night classes at George Washington University and received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in June 1953.
In 1954, Jim and Marjorie moved their young family to Albuquerque, NM, where their family grew. During this time he was employed at Sandia National Laboratories.
Jim was active in Boy Scouting in his youth, obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout and serving in various volunteer positions while raising his family. With their children, Jim and Marjorie enjoyed many outdoor activities: traveling across the U.S., camping, sailing, boating, skiing (water and snow) and snow shoeing.
After Jim retired from Sandia in 1980, he and Marjorie retired to property they had purchased outside of Durango, CO. They continued to travel and enjoyed vacations to many beautiful locations in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.
In retirement, Jim was introduced to and became hooked on horses. He trained and competed in dressage, carriage driving, and enjoyed many hours riding in the National Forests around Durango as a volunteer trail rider.
Jim and Marjorie downsized and moved to Stillwater, OK, in the fall of 2013. They enjoyed their house, many family gatherings and life on the Oklahoma prairie. They were members of Eden Chapel United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, of Stillwater, sons John of Santa Fe, NM, Daniel of Albuquerque, NM, Douglas of Durango, CO, daughter, Suzanne Collier of Stillwater, OK, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. A son, Andrew, and a son, Robert preceded him in death.
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    Friday, June 21st, 2019 | 1:30pm
    Friday, June 21st, 2019 1:30pm


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Phyllis Kohler

Posted at 10:35am
So sorry yo hear about Jim. Our friendship has been so precious. Your pictures are on the wall in front of me so I enjoy them always. Love and prayers, Phyllis

David-Darlene Noden

Posted at 11:11am
We loved Jim. He was a man of his word, loved his wife, his family and dearly loved God also. He faithfully attended the Primrose Retirement Community chapel every Sunday he could. Each time we spent in conversation with Jim we were always encouraged by his love of life. He did not dwell on the past, but his past was very honorable, but he always wanted the best out of every day. We missed him when he moved away from Primrose, but clearly understood that he wanted to be near his wife. David and Darlene Noden

Mert Goff

Posted at 04:07pm
Dear Marjorie and family, I enjoyed the times with you and Jim at your house in Durango. I remember many good stories you told of your lives together. I think of you often.
Mert Goff

Darrel Dominick

Posted at 03:20pm
Dear Suzanne and Family - I am sorry to learn of the loss of your Dad. You are in thoughts and prayers for peace and remembering all the good times.

Gaylene Hargrove

Posted at 12:01pm
As a long time member of the Stillwater Community Band and serving on that organization's Board, I want to share with the family how much we appreciate the support Mr. Appel and his family have shown us specifically and our community overall. The support from this family and others make our community an amazing place to live, raise our families, and be enriched in our overall lives. Please accept heartfelt condolences from the Stillwater Community Band.

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