The Rev. Virgil Paul
MIDDLETOWN — The Rev. Dr. Virgil Paul Applegate, age 87 of Middletown, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014 at the Hospice of Butler and Warren Counties. He was born August 23, 1926 in Manchester, Ohio the son of Reverend William and Mary (Scott) Applegate. Virgil served in the US Army in the South Pacific during WWII. He began his career in education as a teacher, coach and administrator in the public schools. Virgil was called to the Ministry and served 35 years as a Nazarene Pastor in Northwestern and Southwestern Ohio. In his retirement years, he served as interim pastor, evangelist and college professor. Through his teaching, coaching and preaching, Virgil touched hundreds of lives in a powerful way. He will be deeply missed. He is survived by his daughter, Paula (Applegate) Lucas of Aliso Viejo, California; a son, Ron (wife, Rose) Applegate of Ithaca, New York; grandchildren, Benjamin (wife, Jessica) Applegate, Nicholas Applegate, Roxanne, Ethan, and Bryan Lucas; great grandchildren, Ian and Reeve Applegate; and companion, Catherine Deaton. Virgil was known as "Uncle Buddy" to his three nephews and six nieces. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia (Stears) Applegate in 2009; his son-in-law, Larry Lucas; his parents; and sisters, Dorothy (Applegate) Minton and Mary Ruth Leasoure; and nieces, Twilla Hauke and Carrie Fae Stears.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at the First Church of the Nazarene. Burial was in Butler County Memorial Park with Military Honors by the United States Army Honor Guard. A guestbook is available at www.breitenbachfuneralhome.com
Arrangements were by Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, Middletown.