Charles Richard Applegate III
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AGE: 89 • Vero Beach, Florida
Charles Richard Applegate III, 89, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away peacefully Thursday, April 10, 2014 at his home surrounded by family. Charles was born in Freehold March 1, 1925 to C. Richard and Mary Thompson Applegate, II. He graduated from Freehold High School and the Peddie School in Hightstown before attending Princeton University where he was in the Officer's Training V12 Program. During WW II he served in the US Marine Corps and was sent to the South Pacific, Okinawa and China. It was during this time that he received a Purple Heart for his unselfish service to the Corps. Upon his release from active duty he married Patricia Palmer. During their marriage of 67 years they had homes in Colts Neck and Harvey Cedars before moving to Vero Beach in 1973. Charles was a third generation apple and peach grower, owning and operating Wemrock Orchards, Inc. in Freehold for over 25 years with his father. He was a former member of the First Presbyterian Church in Freehold, the First Presbyterian Church in Red Bank and presently a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Vero Beach. He was a former member of the Freehold Rotary Club, Garden State Fruit Growers Association and the Battleground Country Club in Freehold.
In addition to his beloved wife Patricia, he is survived by two daughters, Constance A. Whidden of Freehold and Deborah A. Applegate of Vero Beach; two granddaughters, Cynthia W. Russo, and her husband Antonio, and Kimberly W. Fusco; great-grandchildren Nicholas Russo and Sofia Russo; sisters, Ruth A. Buffett and Lois Ann DeStefano; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or VNA/Hospice, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. A memorial service with military honors was held at the First Presbyterian Church in Vero Beach. Interment will be at Maplewood Cemetery in Freehold. Arrangements under the direction of the Freeman Funeral Home, Freehold.
Freeman Funeral Home
47 East Main Street Freehold, NJ 07728
Published in Asbury Park Press on May 4, 2014