William Arthur Appleby, 86, of Bozeman passed away Dec. 25, 2011 with his family by his side. He was born Sept. 25, 1925 to Arthur Douglas and Henrietta (Van Orden) Appleby in Denville, N.J. He attended high school in Morristown, N.J. and college at Michigan State University.
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In 1943, he joined the United States Army Air Force during WWII. After the war, William married Margaret Louise Barnard on March 22, 1946 in Ironia, N.J. Together they raised three children.
William was a well-known claims adjuster in north New Jersey for 30 years. He retired from the Dept. of Risk Management of Morris County, New Jersey.
William enjoyed numerous outdoor activities including hunting, flying, and shooting and visiting with family later in life. He had a passion for firefighting. He was a member of the Morristown Fire Dept. Independent Hose Co. #1 and the Randolph Township Fire Dept. Ironia Chemical Engine Co. #4.
William was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Margaret Appleby; daughter, Leslie (John) Halko; sons, Henry (Tracy) and Andrew Appleby; seven grandchildren, Derek and Devin Ard, Shaun and Josh Halko, and Justin, Casey, and Kaitlin Appleby; seven great-grandchildren, Blake and Hannah Ard, Damus, Sarya, and Shayla Ard, Taylor, and Livia Appleby.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 29, at Gallatin Gateway Community Church. Interment will take place in New Jersey at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Gallatin Gateway Fire Department, 320 Webb Street, Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730.
Arrangements are in care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 28, 2011