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Drew M. Appleman Sr.
January 24, 1925 June 4, 2018
Drew M. Appleman Sr., 93, a resident of the Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg, formerly of Williamsburg, passed away late Monday evening, June 4, 2018 at the Village.
He was born in Williamsburg, son of the late D. Franklin and Nancy Gertrude (Parks) Appleman. On January 24, 1949, he married Gwendolyn M. “Cookie” Claycomb in Winchester, VA.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 69 years; three sons: Drew M. “Bugsy” Jr. (wife, Annie) of Altoona, A. Brady (wife, Debbie) of rural Williamsburg, Shawn T. of Williamsburg; a daughter, Teresa A. Limbert of Williamsburg; five grandchildren: Nathan Appleman, Natalie Houtz, Jennifer Ober, Jeremy Brua, and Zachary Appleman; seven great-grandchildren and another great-grandson expected soon.
He is the last of his family of seven children, being preceded in death by four brothers: Richard I. “Dick”, Byron M., Harold Floyd “Toby” and Clarence L.; and two sisters: Leona I. Smyers and Elizabeth Alverta Appleman.
Drew was a 1943 graduate of Williamsburg High School, and a US Army veteran of the Korean War, attaining the rank of Corporal. He retired from Penelec, Williamsburg Generating Station and had previously worked at the Williamsburg Children’s Home and Westvaco Pulp and Paper Mill, Williamsburg, where he was employed for 32 years.
Drew was a long-time, active member of Williamsburg United Methodist Church, where he sang in the church choir and served as the janitor.
He enjoyed throwing horseshoes, fishing, hunting, picking berries, and was known as “Mr. Fix-it” around the house.
A celebration of life with military honors accorded by the Blair County Veterans Honor Guard and a time of fellowship to follow, will be held at 3 pm, Sunday, July 1, 2018, at Williamsburg United Methodist Church basement fellowship hall, Pastor Heather A. Wurst officiating. Private inurnment will be held at Royer Cemetery, rural Williamsburg.
The family prefers memorial contributions be given to the Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 431 W. Second St., Williamsburg, PA 16693 or to the Williamsburg Senior Center, 423 W. Second St., Williamsburg, PA 16693.
Arrangements are by John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Williamsburg.