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.
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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.