Charles Richard Applegate III

CHARLES RICHARD APPLEGATE III Charles Richard Applegate III, 89, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away peacefully Thurs
day, April 10, 2014 at his home surrounded by family. Charles was born March 1, 1925 in Freehold, New Jersey to C. Richard and Mary Thompson Applegate, II. He graduated from Freehold High School and the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey before attending Princeton University where he was in the Officers 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, New Jersey 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 Redbank and presently a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Vero Beach. He was also 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. Also surviving are 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 for Charles will begin at 11AM, Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church in Vero Beach, Dr. Timothy Womack officiating, with a reception following at the church. Interment will be at Maplewood Cemetery in Freehold. Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach. A guest book is available at

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Published in the TC Palm on Apr. 20, 2014