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Charles Richard Applegate

Our beloved father, Charles Richard Applegate left us on December 24, 2016, after a long and courageous battle with ALS.

He was born on April 8,1940, in Newburgh, NY to the late Alice Helen (McPoland) Applegate and the late Elmer Hazelton Applegate. After living in West Orange and Lake Hopatcong, NJ, his family moved to the Pleasant Plains area of Toms River, NJ. Rich attended Toms River High School from 1954 to 1957 and then proudly enlisted in the United States Army and served from 1961 through 1965 and rose to the rank of E-5 Specialist. After his military service, he settled in Beachwood, NJ and worked for Ciba-Geigy Corp. He later went on to become a successful Snap on Tools Dealer, many may remember his iconic truck "Just Toolin' Around." Throughout his life he was always active and had many interests including, boating, biking, kayaking and was a passionate motorcycle rider. He raced Enduros with his son Rich Jr. and after retiring to North Carolina he traveled everywhere including the historic Route 66 with his Son-in Law Adam, on his treasured Harley. Rich was a member of a local Hog chapter and belonged to the motorcycle club "The Apple Dumpling Gang." Another passion of his, was Classic Car collecting and avidly attended shows in NJ and NC. He made many friends along the way, and was loved by all and will be missed greatly.

He was predeceased by his wife of 33 years Lois Ruth (Klick) Applegate.

He is survived by his children, Rich Jr., Donna Applegate-Sutaris, his son-in-law Joe Sutaris, Jennifer and her husband Christopher, Cindy and her husband Adam Cohen, Kimberly Applegate and Tina and her husband Tony Raimondo: his grandchildren, Brooke, Brett, Skylar, Bailey, CJ, Camryn, Dana and Leah: his brothers, Leonard Applegate, Walter Applegate and Jerry Lee, and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will take place this summer on Saturday, July 22, 2017, 4 o'clock in the afternoon, at the Beachwood Community Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to, the ALS Association North Carolina Chapter (877) 568-4347- 4 N. Blount St., Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27601. Special thanks to the Hospice team of Walnut Cove, NC and the amazing ALS clinic at Baptist Medical Center.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 15, 2017
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