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 email@example.com