Dear Jean, Dee & Julie-
I'm so sad to hear about Duaine's death & very much wish I could have attended his memorial service.
He was not only wise, but the kindest, most patient boss I ever had. When I broke hundreds of Champagne glasses, got my finger caught in his vacuum cleaner, went to a boozy lunch with Dee and forgot to come back to work...he gave a young girl another chance.
I learned so much about running a business from DJA & I'll always regret that I didn't have a chance to thank him & say goodbye properly. I hope he knew how much I admired, respected & loved him.
Whenever I think of Duaine I'll remember most his engaging curiosity-such joie de vivre! I'll really miss stopping by the donut shop, seeing his face light up and hearing him say, "What's up, Clara Bell?"
Thinking of you all with deepest sympathy-
Carla Hodges (Bales) Drain
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Duaine. The Appleton family was very special to me. Dorothy and I went to High-School together. I remember Duaine
as that "little bro." always around,
always happy.Dottie,you and your family
are in my thoughts and prayers.
Bob Henderson, Palestine,Texas
I met Duaine in 1972 when he hired me to install air conditioning in his new store, Taylor Rental. From that day to now he has been a friend, mentor, business adviser and a "Go To Guy". I have read each and every entry in the guest book...all true, all Duaine.
Godspeed to you my friend.
I can't really express in words how I will miss him.
Gods Blessing to Jean, Dee & Julie and all the family.
I was lucky enough to know Duaine in the late 70's and early 80's and I enjoyed coming into the store and catching up on what was going on with him and the family when ever I was in town. No question Mr Appleton was one of a kind.
Condolences from another fellow Elkhart grad. Paula Revill Dunn--class 47. Came to Houston for nursing school and still here. Paula Dunn firstname.lastname@example.org
God bless the family and give them peace in the passing of Duaine Appleton. Duaine was kind to hire me to work in his business. He was fair and just. I learned from him and I appreciate the time I had with him. He will be missed.
Julie we are so sorry for your loss,God bless all the Family .Rest in peace Duaine J. Appleton.
Honest, generous, and loyal to family and friends. Unique person.
I'll never forget the words Duaine spoke to me right after Julie and my father were married. We hugged as he said "Welcome to the family." Even as an 11 year old, I knew how powerful those words were. He made me feel welcome with that simple sentence. To say he will be missed is an understatement.
Duaine and I grew up together, classmates and had a lot of good times together. May You Rest In Peace My Friend.
The Bolivia Work Mission, from First Methodist, Plano, would never have made it were it not for Duaine's kindness and generosity.
God bless Jean and family during this most difficult time.
Betsy and Cliff Franklin
I'm so sorry for your loss. Even though I have not met him in person, I have heard he was such a nice man ever. I will pray for his soul and remember him for what he did to protect my home country after Korean War.
I just got the phone call from my family of Duaine's passing. I am on the road and cannot make it back for the funeral but I want his family to know how much he meant to me!
Duaine I hope you know you were always Special to me and you were always there for me.
There are not enough words to share my sadness. Duaine was a dear friend who was always there to share stories and to try an out do each other on the crazy antics.
In the past couple years we did not see each other as I moved to Iowa Park and yet I thought of him often.
Always with a Smile and a Quick Comeback.
You will be missed and as always you are still telling me what to do.
No Flowers but a donation to the Methodist Church in Scroggins.
Dear Friend I will take your advice and do just that.........In my thoughts and prayers. Jimmy Arnold
Working with Duaine and Jean on the First LAST DINNER DANCE is a valuable memory. I doubt that Duaine ever had an enemy in the world. He is missed.
Although I did not see him often, I always enjoyed visiting with my cousin, Duaine and his lovely wife, Jean. I will miss those times we were able to talk about all our relatives, and I will miss that big smile on his face and in his voice. My deepest sympathy goes to Jean, Dee, Julie and the grandchildren.
I'm thinking of you! I know how much you adored your dad. Time heals! Please let me know what you need.
Judith Cabaza-Perez, Austin,Texas
Jean, Duaine and your family are a very important part of our family. He touched our lives and we loved him very much. I appreciated and loved him for all that he was to Mark. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope it is some comfort to know how special he was to so many........
We had the privilege of knowing you for only a relatively short time. In the moments we shared while exercising, we came to know a truly genuine, caring man for whom we have a very special place in our hearts. Although you have moved on, you have left your mark in all of us. You will forever be remembered. God speed to you my friend. May the Lord’s blessings be with you and your family.
I did not get to spend much time with you guys, but always felt a part of your life through Judy. The few times we were together were always fun and happy. I am so sorry for your loss of Duaine. It sounds like he is going to be missed by many, many people. My heart goes out to you, your children and also my love to Judy and Bill. Love, Tricia Necessary
To my best friend in the whole world and her family-
Dear Julie -
I am so sorry - I know how you are feeling. I wish I could say that it gets better, but honestly, after only eight months, I can't. Life has now changed forever and we just have to adapt to it. I am here for you and your mom in any way.
I love you,
Julie, I didn't know your father, but he must have been a wonderful man to have raised such a beautiful human being as you. I know you loved him very much, and I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family all week...hugs.
I am very sad and will miss Duaine very much. I looked forward to seeing him and hunting with him this year. I feel very sad for Jean and I hope she knows I am thinking of her and Dee and the rest of the Family. -Javier Lara, Ranch Hand DLD Ranch.
Duaine was such a great friend to my Mom and Dad. J.C. and Jan McDowell will miss him greatly. I enjoyed our time together and will always remember Oshkosh. Our family is sadden by his passing.
2 Corinthians 3-4:
3)Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4)who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
May God's comforting hand heal the sorrow and the pain.
J.C., Jan, Duke, and Angie McDowell
Duaine was such a sweet, soft-spoken easy-to-like man. He always had a smile and was truly glad to see you. We will miss that twinkle in his eye.
God bless you Jean , Dee, Julie and the rest of your loving family. God is there for you.
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in a manner so that when you die the world cries and you rejoice.
-Native American Proverb
I will miss you and all the good times we had
My heart goes out to the entire family. As for myself, i always liked Duaine and I am terribly saddened to learn of his passing.
Such a wonderful spirit. I will always remember how much Duaine and Jean both did for our family. He was like a second Dad to my brothers when they worked at Taylor Rental with him. He will be missed, but has left such a beautiful legacy and oh so many special memories. May God bless all of you and comfort you. Love and prayers go out to all the family.
Wish we could reach out and hug each one of you and know that we share your sorrow. "Apple Jack" will long be in our hearts for the good times we have shared.
Love to each of you. Alex and Shirley Kibler (Beeville, TX)
Duaine will be missed by all those whose lives he touched. Iwould not be who or where I am today if not for his guidance. may the Lord bless you and keep you. God speed my friend.
Duaine made us smile; he always had a kind word and a cheery greeting; he brought lightness and happiness into our world. Our memories of him are fond.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.