ROBERT APPLEGET - BURLINGTON - Robert Appleget, 83, died in Birchwood Terrace Health Care in the loving presence of his family on March 28, 2013, following a lengthy illness. He was born in Lackawanna, N.Y., to Harold and Anna S. Appleget. His early childhood years were spent in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland. He graduated from Hagerstown, Md., High School, and attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He joined the staff of Fairchild Aircraft Co. and learned his craft of technical writing, until he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951, where he served his country until his honorable discharge in 1955. Bob was married on May 10, 1953, to Miss Marie Smith, of Sag Harbor, N.Y., with whom he shared the next 59 1/2 years. In 1959, he accepted a position with General Electric in Burlington, and served as Supervisor of Technical Publications, until his retirement in 1993. He enjoyed playing chess, bridge, and especially Hearts with his lunchtime buddies at GE. Beginning in 2002, he made his winter home in Dunnellon, Fla., and although his travels took him to Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Mexico, home in Vermont was still his preference. He was a loyal member of Vermont's Masonic bodies, serving as master of Patriot Lodge #33, Hinesburg, secretary for 14 years to Burlington Lodge #100, as well as twice assuming the position of Master, and was a current member of Isle of Patmos Lodge #17 in South Hero. He is survived by his wife, Marie of Colchester; daughter, Lauren Appleget of Richmond; three sons and their spouses, Paul and wife, Lynnette (Wells), of Colchester, U.S. Army Colonel (Ret.) Jeffrey Appleget Ph.D. and wife, Donna (Summers), of Monterey, Calif., and Andrew Appleget and wife, Daiva (Ziukiene), of Tiverton, R.I.; four grandchildren, Brian Boone of Winooski, Emily Boone of Dover, N.H., Wesley Appleget of Monterey, Calif., and Leslie Appleget of Washington, DC, and Colchester. Also surviving are two stepgranddaughters, Erin (Cabral) Yarbough and husband, Todd, of Bristol, R.I., and Ruta Zuikaite of Manhattan; and stepgreat-grandson, Elijah Yarbough. In keeping with Bob's wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial service. His family acknowledges with gratitude the competent and compassionate care extended to him by the staff of Birchwood Terrace Health Care, as well as the expertise and thoughtful assistance of Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Mar. 31, 2013