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Paul Applegarth - May 13, 2011


Paul Vern Applegarth, of rural Palisade, Neb., died Friday, May 13, 2011, at Heritage of Wauneta. He was 91 years old.
Paul was born July 22, 1919, at Haxtun, Colo., to Albert and Effie (Kinzie) Applegarth. He attended rural school south of Haxtun and later at Zell rural school west of Wauneta after the family had moved to Nebraska.
As a child he was raised with a strong belief in God and was baptized and became a member of the Church of the Brethren on Oct. 2, 1932, at Haxtun, Colo. After moving to Nebraska, the family attended the Church of the Brethren in Enders.
He worked for various farmers until he entered the U.S. Army in December, 1942, as a rifleman in the infantry in the European African Campaign. Paul was wounded twice in battle and was reported missing in action and later the family was notified that he was a prisoner of war. During the time of serving our country, he received the Purple Heart, a Good Conduct Medal, a Bronze Star, and a Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged from the Army in October, 1945.
After he was discharged from the armed services, he returned home to farm. He married Donna Fanning on Aug. 21, 1946, at Oberlin, Kan. To this union two sons, Steven and Kurt, were born. The young couple attended church at the Hamlet Union Church for several years before making the United Methodist Church in Wauneta their church home. Paul’s belief was quiet but strong and deep.
Paul was a strong and determined man. It didn’t matter what obstacle was in front of him, he would work on it until it was solved. He was fair to a fault and believed the old saying to build and keep a good fence. Paul loved horses and westerns. He trained and worked many horses in his younger years. He was a devoted husband and father, and he took great pride in his land and cattle.
Paul and Donna have resided in their present home for over 50 years, and would have celebrated their 65th anniversary in August. He worked hard for his family, continuing to help with the farm chores and driving tractors, even when he was well into his eighties. In his later years, his grandchildren and great grandchildren were the source of much happiness and joy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Effie Applegarth; a sister, Winifred Fanning; brothers: Blaine, Lee and Rex Applegarth; a grandson-in-law, Allen Abbott and other extended family.
Paul is survived by his wife, Donna of Palisade; sons Steven Applegarth and wife Carole of Greeley, Colo., and Kurt Applegarth and wife Janet of Palisade; four grandchildren: Janel and husband Donovan Sharp and Jyl Abbott all of Kersey, Colo., Dawn and husband Kelly Doetker of Palisade, and Matthew Applegarth and wife Staci of Palisade; eight great grandchildren: Blaine and Garrett Sharp, Jaden and Baleigh Abbott, Coleton, McKenna and Kenton Doetker, Kaia Applegarth; sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, and many friends.
Memorials are being accepted in his name.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of Wauneta with Pastor Bonnie McCord officiating. Organist was Ms. Diana Ham.
Music selections were “In the Garden” and “Because He Lives” by Dawn Doetker, soloist and “Amarillo Sky” by Jason Aldean.
Pallbearers were Steven Applegarth, Kurt Applegarth, Matthew Applegarth, Donovan Sharp, Kelly Doetker and Jaden Abbott.
Honorary pallbearers were Blaine Sharp, Garrett Sharp, Baleigh Abbott, Kaia Applegarth, Coleton Doetker, Mc-Kenna Doetker, Kenton Doetker and Paul’s many friends.
Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery with military honors.
Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta was in charge of arrangements.