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LAKELAND - James J. Apel, age 87, passed away on January 14, 2013 due to natural causes. He was born in Detroit, MI. to Clarence & Alma Apel. He was a US Navy Veteran. He was a policeman for the Detroit police dept. for 28 years, the last 10 as a detective sergeant. After retirement from the city, he worked for General Motors for 10 years. After leaving the work force, he & his loving wife Charlotte moved to Lakeland, FL.
He is survived by his wife; his sisters, Lorraine & Marylyn; his children, Cathleen (William) Moore, Steven, Susan (Robert) Kuzilla, Barbara (James) Dunn and Michael (Sherry) Apel. Also four grand children and 3 great grand children. Preceded in death by 2 brothers, Clarence & Jerrold.
Funeral services with military honors 11:00 am Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Diabetes Fund. Condolences may be made to the family at www.heathfuneralchapel.com .
Published in Ledger from Jan. 20 to Jan. 21, 2013