Floyd Lee Apling (1943 - 2017)

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Floyd Lee Apling passed in his sleep the morning of Sept. 26, 2017, as his home is Madera, Calif., after several years of battling COPD. He was the only son of Faye (Grissom) and Everett Apling, born in Prineville, Ore. on Dec. 10, 1943.
Floyd completed his education in Redding, Calif., graduating from Enterprise High School in 1962, and Shasta College 1966. He married Donna Kesanen on June 26, 1965. Always being fascinated with fiberglass and all that could be created with these products, he began working at Shasta Fiberglass boat plant in Anderson, Calif., in 1967, following the birth of his oldest son, Randy. This company also owned a fiberglass tub and shower plant in Central Valley, Calif., and he became a plant manager for Cascade Fiberglass in 1968. Always yearning to live in Alaska, and with the encouragement of Donna's uncle, Ray Ferguson, and following the birth of his youngest son, Steve, in 1970, Floyd secured a position with Delvo Plastics in Anchorage, Alaska. He and his wife sold their new home, packed up their belongings and their two young boys and headed north, arriving on Oct. 26, 1970. Floyd changed careers in 1973 to work in building maintenance at the Municipality of Anchorage. Wanting to raise his sons in the "country," the Apling's moved to the Valley and built their home summer of 1976. Floyd, always wanting to pursue the world of fiberglass, and his wife, Donna, started Plaschem Supply & Consulting on Nov. 10, 1980. This family business remained in operation until Dec. 31, 2013. Floyd's sons were always an active part of this business and today both own and operate their own fiberglass, plastic and composites businesses.
Floyd loved Alaska and its beauty and opportunities. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. He and his family enjoyed the Alaska outdoors before it became "crowded," always thankful for those times. He retired in 2013 to Prineville, Ore. His declining health was a factor in relocating to Madera, Calif., in 2016.
Floyd is survived by his wife, Ardith of Madera, Calif.; sons, Randy (Shamarine) Apling and Steve (Casey) Apling of Wasilla, Alaska; his grandson, Tyler (Alex); great-granddaughters, Aubree and Jade Apling of Wasilla; granddaughter, Trish Apling of Wasilla; mother of his children, Donna (Phil) Aber of Wasilla; uncle, Gerald Grissom (Pat) of Prineville, Ore.; sisters, Lynda Stebber of Atwater, Calif., and Sharon (Don) Watson of Bend, Ore.; and numerous nieces and nephews and families.
Honoring his final request, no services were held and his ashes will be scattered at the hunting camp on the Denali Highway.
Floyd's sons may be contacted at [email protected] or Randy at [email protected].
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, 2017