Robert Appleby, 78, of Franklin Township passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014, at home with his wife of 57 years at his side.
Born in Wyoming on Dec. 7, 1935, he was the son of the late Richard and Violet Hall Appleby.
He was educated in the Tunkhannock Schools and pursued a career as a self-employed plumbing and heating technician.
He was member of St. Frances X. Cabrini Parish.
As a member of both the Franklin Township and Mount Zion Bicentennial Volunteer Fire companies, he put his talents to work making many improvements to benefit his beloved fire companies, where he made many lifelong friends. He always had a joke or a story to tell and was "the life of the party." He will be greatly missed.
As well as his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, John, Richard, and Harold Appleby, and sisters, Marjorie Bogart, Violet Mahoney, Florence Millard and Dorothy Rainville.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Robert and his wife, Pamela, Richmond, Va.; a daughter, Lynn Ann Thrash and her husband, Mark, Denver, Pa.; sister, Evelyn Anderson, Glen Alden; granddaughters, Candace Appleby and Alyssa Thrash; grandsons, Robert and Nicholas Appleby; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
The family would like to thank the fire and ambulance family for their efforts, his great-nephew Donny, other family members, and his many friends for all their help. We will all miss his spirit, concern and love.
Bob was a person of many interests and talents. He loved his garden, traveling with his wife, fixing just about anything and, in later years, walking around the flea markets. However, his greatest love and joy was his family. He was a proud father and grandpop who loved to tell everyone of their accomplishments and successes. He was their protector and best friend.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday from Metcalfe-Shaver-Kopcza Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Frances X. Cabrini Church, Carverton, with the Rev. Vincent H. Dang officiating.
Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mount Zion Bicentennial Fire Department, 427 Mount Zion Road, Harding, PA 18643, or the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department, 329 Orange Road, Dallas, PA 18612.