Robert Arthur Appleton

September 08, 1942 ‒ December 18, 2015

Centerburg, Ohio


Robert Arthur Appleton, 73, of Centerburg passed away peacefully Friday evening December 18, 2015 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born September 8, 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland to Arthur and Annie (Criswell) Appleton. He achieved the honor of an Eagle Scout for which he was very proud of and later graduated from Franklin University with a degree in Engineering. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

Bob was owner and operator of Refrigeration Systems Company in Columbus and was a devoted and faithful member and ordained elder with Community of Christ Church in Worthington.

Bob enjoyed collecting knives and riding his Harley Davidson alongside his wife. Bob and his wife Karen were also yearly supporters and attendees of the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer. He also had his own pilot’s license and was an avid OSU football fan. He loved his family and was a devoted husband, father and “Poppy” to his grandchildren and a devoted son and caregiver to his mother.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of almost 46 years Karen (Davis); daughters Maj Anne (Ron) Edwards of Sunbury and Robin (Chip) Lockwood of Centerburg; step son Michael Marshall of Ashley; grandchildren Eric Edwards, Alex Marshall, Kara and Eli Robert Edwards; great granddaughter Olivia Edwards; his mother Annie Appleton of Columbus; brother William (Libby) Appleton of Canal Winchester; sisters Lois (Jim) Peery of Elkhorn, Nebraska and Linda Dangerfield of Bristol, Virginia; aunt Stella Sterling of Columbus; their English daughter Sonia Edwards of London, England; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and a host of friends. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law Barry Dangerfield.

The family will receive friends on Sunday December 27, 2015 from 2 – 5 pm at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. State Route 61 at State Route 3, Sunbury, OH and on Monday December 28, 2015 at the funeral home from 12:00 (noon) until the time of the funeral services at 1:00 pm. Burial will follow in Sunbury Memorial Park with military honors conducted by the Delaware County Veterans Association.

Contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to the Community Christ Church Camp Bountiful or the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute; envelopes available at the funeral home.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve this veteran and his family.

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  • I am so sorry to all who are hurting Bob was an amazing man and welcomed me into the family with open arms he always made me feel welcomed and loved he will be greatly missed by many and never forgotten rip Bob

  • Words cannot express the sorrow that we feel that Bob has left us…sorrow for us but happiness for him, since he is well and whole now with no pain and is in the arms of Jesus. We will be praying for Karen and family ….love you guys so much!!

  • Regards to Bob’s family.
    Enjoyed working alongside Bob for almost 15 yrs. Always remember his smile and ease to work with. A very capable man – well respected by peers. Thankful for knowing him.

  • Our sincerest sympathy to Karen and family. Bob was a wonderful man and we count it a privilege to have known him. May your wonderful memories sustain you all during the tough times !

  • Bob was the nicest, kindest and most patient man I have ever known. He was the perfect husband, father, grandfather, and friend. I am so lucky to have traveled so many places with such wonderful friends, and I will miss him so much. We had so much fun, and I will always cherish the memories. My prayers are with Karen and the family.

  • Our sincerest condolences to my American mum, Robin, Maj Ann and all the family. Bob was an amazing man who was always there for anyone who needed him. I feel privileged to have been part of his life and that my family were able to meet him which was a dream come true last summer in Portugal. He has left everlasting memories for us all to cherish. Xx

  • Our heartfelt sympathies to Karen, Robin,, MajAnn, and their families for the loss of Bob. He was a wonderful, kind man, loving and attentive husband and father. He will be missed.

  • My deepest sympathy to the Appleton Family. I was blessed to be apart of this wonderful family for awhile. Bob was an extraordinary Man. I wish all people could live as Bob did,by the golden rule. You could see the love in Bob Eyes for his family all the time.He will be sadly missed but never forgotten.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with Karen and the Appleton family. May God provide you peace, strength and comfort during this time of sorrow. I was blessed to have worked for him at RSC. He was a wonderful person and he will be missed.

  • Karen and family,
    We are sad to see your loss. Bob was a fine person. I enjoyed him while we attended Lions Club many years ago. May you find comfort that all your friends share your loss.

  • So, very sorry for your loss, but know he’s in a better place. Oscar and I enjoyed talking to you folks at the Davis functions, we pray for peace and comfort , God Bless Debbie & Oscar McClung.

  • So sorry for the loss of your father, Robin. May you take comfort in knowing that he’s at peace and pain free, and that he touched so many lives and they were grateful to know him.

  • What and awesome man, I feel blessed to have know him for many year.
    I know Bob is in God’s arms. And God is reaching out to your family, to comfort you and give you peace.
    Your in my heart and prayers.

  • We were family and boating family (Pat and I) . We had so many good times together ( Pat and I )! Bob was always fun to be around! He will definitely be missed! Love, prayers and hugs!!

  • Our sincerest condolences to Karen and the Appleton family.
    Bob was one of the most honest and down to earth person I
    have ever met. It was an honor to know him and work with him
    for so many years. He will be sadly missed by many. Our thoughts
    and prayers are with the family.

  • Bob was always such a happy man, ready for adventure. Maybe he is riding his harley in heaven. One day we will find out! Love to Karen, MajAnne, and Robin, and all of Bob’s family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Karen and family I regret that I was unable to able to join you in the celebration of Bob’s life. As you know Bob and I were friends during our early life in the Fayette County and city of Mount Hope, WV. Bob was a wonderful friend and a extremely honorable person. He was a friend to all, he acheived in school, in athletics and especially in Boy Scouts.

    He and I have stayed in contact with one another over the years, sharing the success in business, his family and your most devoted life as his wife. You have been so supportive during his journey through life and have endured the most in his battle with the cancers he endured. Bob was a loyal and honorable member of the US Army, serving in the Vietnam Conflict that infected him and so many other serving in that effort to provide the natives to learn the value of freedom.

    I wish I had more deserving comments to add to my special friend, Bob Appleton. He fought the good fight, and no one wanted to live any more than Bob, so he could enjoy being with you, his family and the things he loved and enjoyed.

    I will miss Bob and I know you his family will miss him as well. We all are better people by knowing and loving the hearth and genuine person of Robert “Bob” Appleton. My Friend and bother in Christ. To God Be the Glory, Amen

  • I am so sorry to read my email about Bob .Bob was the sweetest guy we had a lot of happy times at MHHS…….it seems like the class of 60 were more like family than class mates He will be missed my heart goes out to all of you Hopefully some day we will have that big reunion in Heaven