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APPLE, Jr., Douglas A. "Dougie" 26, of Dayton, died peacefully while surrounded by his loving family on Friday, February 3, 2012. He was preceded in death by his great grandparents, Ada & Raymond Manson, and his grandfather, Herman Apple. He is survived by his loving mom and dad, Douglas A., Sr. and Sheilah E. (Armstrong) Apple, his loving sisters, Megan Apple, Michelle Hinds, Gwynnie Rotramel, Colleen E. Apple, and Bethie Apple, and brothers, Bryan Hinds, Mike Rotramel, and Alex Grunewald. He was the dearest and most beloved uncle of Bryan Douglas, Patrick, & baby-on-the way Isabella Hinds and Elle & Mikey Rotramel, as well as godfather to Patrick & Mikey. Doug was the cherished grandson of Helen Rosalie Apple and Frank & Gwyn Armstrong. Doug is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and a multitude of friends. His family and friends would like to sincerely thank the compassionate doctors, nurses, and medical staff that have taken care of Dougie over the years. He was a parishioner of St. Henry Parish and graduated from Miamisburg High School, class of 2004. He also attended Sinclair Community College, University of Cincinnati, and the University of Phoenix. He was a diligent and dedicated employee of Soft Touch Car Wash and his treasured Kings Island as "The Supe." For 11 years, Doug was a passionate camper, counselor, and director at Camp Ko-Man-She, sponsored by The Dayton Diabetes Association. He was a compassionate role model to young kids with diabetes. Doug was thankful for the "gift of life" and, through skin and tissue donation, was unselfishly able to return that gift to many others. Doug was recognized as an Outstanding Volunteer for Diabetes Dayton. Doug enjoyed maintaining a fleet of Ford Tauruses until he was able to upgrade to his prized Honda Accord "because that's how I roll." He cherished the time he spent in Hilton Head at Kenny B.'s, Flyer games at UD Arena, Dollar Dogs & beers at Reds' games, fun nights out with "The Crew," and especially the time spent with his buddy, Dad. Doug was a fine, young man who showed many people how to live courageously. He will always be in our hearts. The family will receive friends at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME-FAR HILLS CHAPEL, 5471 Far Hills Ave. at Rahn Rd. Tuesday, February 7, 2012, from 5 to 8 pm. Mass of Christian Burial, 11am Wednesday, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 6666 Springboro Pike. Charitable donations can be made in his name to Dayton Children's Medical Center and The Dayton Diabetes Association. In the near future, a scholarship to Camp Ko-Man-She will be established in Dougie's name. DONATE LIFE. Online condolences may be sent to www.tobiasfuneralhome.com.


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Published in Dayton Daily News from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6, 2012.
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February 18, 2012
Dear Apple Family - Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. We can't imagine what your going through but we wanted you to know that we are thinking about all of you. He was an inspiration to all as he battled his illness.
Tom, Vickie, Carly & Ali Mygrants (Dayton, OH)
February 13, 2012
To my dear aunt and uncle and cousins, i dont go a day without remembering all the fun times with dougie. We will continueto lift you and everyone up in our prayers. i love you.

jenner
jennifer ellis
February 13, 2012
To all of Doug's family,

Please know that we will continue to lift you up in our prayers.

Mark, Mary Ruth snd Josh Shearer
Mary Ruth Shearer
February 10, 2012
Apple Family ~ I was so sorry to hear of your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers!
Kelly (Storer) Bovitz
February 10, 2012
Doug was a valued member of the kings island family and will be missed dearly
February 9, 2012
Dear Doug, Sheilah and family: I was just informed of the news and want to express our sympathies. I recall the many times in the office how Doug would relay the latest happenings and the obvious pride he had in Dougie's accomplishments. Thanks to Doug's sharing I had a vivid sense of the special place Dougie had in the Apple family.
Nathan Jenkin
February 9, 2012
Dear Doug & Sheila,
We are so sorry for your loss. I wish we were close by to hug you both.
Much Love, Bill & Nancy Herr
Bill Herr
February 8, 2012
Doug, Sheilah, Beautiful Sisters and all of Dougie's family,
What a beautiful tribute today to a wonderful young man who gave of himself all the way through to the end. Dougie's strength and courage is inspiring to everyone. Peace, love and prayers of comfort and support to you all.
Susan and Matt McCormick
Susan McCormick
February 8, 2012
i remember Dougie from my time at camp. he was a really cool guy to be around. your family is in my prayers.
Tori Melke
February 8, 2012
Dear Doug,
My sincere sympathy to you and your family. May God comfort and bless you during this difficult time.

Bill Newcomb
Reynolds & Reynolds Retiree
February 8, 2012
Dear Apple Family,
We are sorry for your loss. Doug was one of many councilors that my daughter Marissa met at Camp Ko Man She and she has spoke of many memories about him. We will keep those stories she has shared within our hearts. God Bless All Of You.. And thank you for allowing us to be a part of Doug's life as well.
Eva Dunn
February 8, 2012
Doug,
We have you in our thoughts and prayers during this diffcult time. Our deepest sympathies to all of you.
Hazel Tschirner
February 8, 2012
Doug, Sheila and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Dougie's passing. I remember when he was in Jr. High and was first diagnosed with diabetes, and came in to my office with you, Sheila. You were nervous, scared, Doug, it seemed, was neither! Laughing, positive, happy, he and I began our journey. I saw him several times everyday to test his sugar. Sometimes so low I wouldn't let him walk to the cafeteria without a friend at his side! He would say "I'm fine"!! And laugh and walk over to lunch. He was a fun-loving, positive, sweet person. He will be missed by so many. My heartfelt sympathy is with you.
Karen Moist
February 8, 2012
Gwynnie and family,
Doug was lucky to have a close-knit family to give him love, strength, and support through his entire life. He lived each day as if it was a precious gift from God.
Danielle (Kuczak) Poling
February 7, 2012
Doug, Sheilah and family,
Our sincere sympathy and love to your amazing family. Praying for comfort for all of you.
Tom, Fran, Renee and Kristen Angelo
February 7, 2012
Doug & family
I am so heartbroken for you as you mourn the loss of your beloved Dougie. My thoughts, prayers and heartfelt sympathy are with you as you go through this incredibly difficult time.
Margie Rivera
February 7, 2012
Dear Sheila,
I just heard that your beloved son has passed away. I can't imagine the sorrow, but please know that I wish you only sweet memories of your wonderful son.
Marylee Reisinger Dunphy
February 7, 2012
To the Apple Family - We have you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Remember all the good times you had with Dougie....they can never be taken away. Our deepest sympathies to all of you.
Michelle, Dianne & Michael Kugel
February 7, 2012
Shelia,Katie, and family, Ive known Kate for a long time and I remember your loving family well Take care my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this tragic time. i know that the memories will stay close to your heart and give you all comfort.
Sue (Orr) Hammons (lebanon)
February 7, 2012
Apple Family,
I was a camper at Ko-Man-She for a few years and Doug was a cherished part of our camp. I am so very sorry for your loss and I will keep him in my memory always. He was a wonderful man.
Emily Wellman
February 7, 2012
Doug, Sheila and Family - Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your son. May God bless you and keep you strong. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kathy Iron Necklace and Family
February 7, 2012
Doug, My deepest sympathy for you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes less than two years ago - so this is really hitting home. I'm so sorry about your loss.
Debbie Tackett
February 7, 2012
If I could write through tears, I would tell you more, but let me just say this...feeling lost, scared, still overwhelmed from the initial diagnosis and unsure of what would come, there I was...in the midst of leaving my 7 yr old son at Diabetes Camp where neither I, nor he had ever set foot. He was excited, but scared, eager, but shy, willing, but reserved...and then, Counselor Doug came over to us. Having read the terror on my face he said, "Mom, it will be okay. He is going to be surrounded by diabetics. There will be no way he'll be lost, afraid, forgotten or unmonitored. Now, that being said, he will be tired, dirty, sweaty, hungry and waiting for daylight to come do it all again, but I promise, he will feel AWESOME. You go, leave him here to feel like a normal kid again.". He then told me that his own health was suffering, but he wouldn't miss camp, nope, wouldn't miss camp for anything. Oh, my God, bless his family. How they must hurt, how their hearts must be broken. I only met him two mornings of day camp last summer and my heart aches for his soul leaving this world.
May his soul rest in peace and may our Lord bless you as you continue without him. There is no doubt that he will be remembered and indeed, will live on in the hearts of the many campers he inspired to live life with great, brave, bold COURAGE!
Tiffany and Parker Johnson
February 7, 2012
Our deepest sympathy for the entire family.
We send our love and prayers.
Kim,Dustin,Brandon/Ashley, Mackenzie/Josh
Kim Whitworth
February 7, 2012
Doug always had a beautiful smile. It was a pleasure to have had him in class .Our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you,
Margie Jones
February 7, 2012
I really looked forward to see Doug in office. I am so sad that God had to take his Angel off this earth. Doug would give the clothes off his back to anyone who needed it. My heart is hurting right now. My sympathy goes out the the Apple Family. Doug went home......See you when I get there Dougie....~Tamika @ Renal Physicians.
February 7, 2012
Dear Doug and Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. May your family come together and remember all the joy Dougie has brought to your lives.
Marie Huber
February 7, 2012
I'll always remember Dougie as a great friend in our kindergarden class and a wonderful teammate to play basketball with. Reading here about all the exciting things he did in his life does not surprise me: Dougie was always an inspiration, and he continues to inspire me to support diabetes research. My prayers go out to you and your family.
Joshua Walker
February 7, 2012
Dear Doug, Sheilah, Megan, Michelle, Gwynnie, Colleen, and Bethie,

Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss. Doug touched the lives of many people in his short time with us. We can still remember him from his earliest days in kindergarten at Leibold. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers during the days ahead. We imagine that Heaven is a bit more lively since Doug's arrival there.
Much love, The Reinstatler's
Debby Reinstatler
February 7, 2012
Doug and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate Dougie's life. I hope you find comfort in the memories and the love you all shared with him. Take comfort in knowing he had such a special place in the hearts of so many people (the tributes I read are inspiring)and will be remembered by so many. His spirit will live on in the young people he has inspired. God bless you all.
Kim (Kinnear) Steinke
February 7, 2012
I also work at King's island, along with Dougie, I never knew him as a person, but would like to thank him for everything, and doug, when you get home, give all a hug and kiss for us and let them know how much they are missed here on earth. Thanks again Dougie, till we meet again.
Brian Mulvaney
February 6, 2012
Our deepest sympathies to Doug's family. Doug was a wonderful young man and we were blessed to have him be such a positive role model in our son's life. It's clear he touched many lives and we are thankful his path crossed with Ben's at Camp Ko-Man-She. Doug will be remembered so fondly by the youth he unselfishly helped through the years.

You are in our thoughts and prayers...

Family of Ben Reineke
Lisa Reineke
February 6, 2012
I had the honor of knowing Doug through Kings Island. I have never known someone more vivacious, and selfless. His smile was contagious, and even if he had just come from a procedure in the hospital, he would only bring his most positive energy and enthusiasm around others. He always made it a point to bring out the best in others, and make sure everyone was having a great time.
Emily Linder
February 6, 2012
"Apple family, even though you have no idea who I am i worked with Doug at Kings Island during the 2011 season. He was the first person that I got to know and that he was a great role model. My prayers are with you.....
Kevin Klein
February 6, 2012
We only met a couple times but seen him around a lot around work, and you can tell he really loved his job by his facial expressions. My thoughts and prayers to all who knew him.
Amy Lucas
February 6, 2012
I was honored to be Dougie's God Mother and never for a moment did doubt his true faith in our loving God. When I thinking of Dougie, I think of big blues eyes and a deep devotion to his God, family and friends. I am in awe of his wonderful life and I know that he has already earned his wings for I heard the bells on Feb. 3...
To the Apples, know that you are our surrounded by love and your grace is a lesson to us all.
Love, Aunt Amy
Amy Armstrong Smith
February 6, 2012
Doug, Sheilah, Gwynnie, and family, I was so very sorry to hear of Dougie's passing. My heart breaks for you, and I wish I knew the words to help ease your pain. Dougie's beautiful spirit and giving nature are representative of his wonderful and supportive family. My love and thoughts and prayers are with all of you. And remember, the best part of him will always be with you. He sleeps with the angels now. Always, Tracey Deaton (Dayton, OH)
February 6, 2012
Doug and family, my sincere sympathy to you and your family. You now have an angel watching you from heaven. May God comfort you during this difficult time.
Angie Phlipot
February 6, 2012
Doug, Sheilah, and family. I wanted to take a momment and say "thanks". I meet Doug at Camp Ko-Man-She two years ago as a new camper at Camp Ko-Man-She. Doug was a great role model for me. Doug saw that I was scared and helped me make new friends that I will be friends with forever. Doug made me smile and laugh when I was sad. Doug made Camp Ko-Man-She a fun and safe place for me. I am very sad and have been crying since I heard Doug had passed away. I will always think of him and smile. I loved to hear him talk about Kings Island. I will always love and miss Doug. Thank you Doug for everything you did, I only knew you for a short time, but you had a huge impact on me.

Love you forever, Kalynn Schneider (9 years old, Camper from Camp Ko-Man-She)
Kalynn Schneider
February 6, 2012
I had the honor and pleasure of knowing Doug through my son, Nicholas, who has called him his friend since the they began working together at Kings Island 11 years ago. He has been at my house many times and has shared some incredibly fun and adventurous times with Nicholas and friends . They as well as I admired him for his courage and ever-constant positive attitude about life. He was a great inspiration to all of us who knew him.
We are keepin you in our hearts and prayers. With Deepest Sympathy,
Michele Roedl
Michele Roedl
February 6, 2012
To Doug's famiy, I treasure my memories of Doug at camp and when he would come to the clinic. Keeping you covered in prayer.
Sharon Longo
Sharon Longo
February 6, 2012
Doug, our deepest sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Brad & Anita Cannaday
February 6, 2012
Dougie will truly be missed by all that new him, especially all the guys at Soft Touch. He was one in a million, and I am proud to say he was my friend.

Shawn Pickering (and Cyndi Probasco)
Shawn Pickering
February 6, 2012
Our deepest condolences to the entire Apple family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all through this very difficult time. Leila and Arjang
Leila Moazzez
February 6, 2012
Mr. & Mrs. Apple and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. We considered Doug not only a valuable part of our team here at the Diabetes Association of Dayton, but a precious gift and true bright spot in our lives. He was an inspiration to both campers and fellow staff at Camp Ko-Man-She and will be missed more than words can say. -Susan
Susan McGovern
February 6, 2012
Doug & family,
We are so so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Steve Kuhn and the Celina R & R Plant
Steve Kuhn
February 6, 2012
Doug was the cutest first grade student ever!!! . He had a love of life that could not be matched. Please know my prayers are with you all.

Sherry Palmisano
Miamisburg,Ohio
February 6, 2012
Our deepest sympathies to the entire Apple family during a time of tremendous loss. May the souls of the faithfull departed, rest in peace.

Love and hugs to you all,
Steve, Micki, James, and Ben Brooks
Micki Brooks
February 6, 2012
Doug and family,

We are all praying for you at Privatizer. Dougie was truly blessed to have a father like you.

God bless you and your family.

With profound respect,

Bob Nadeau
Bob Nadeau
February 6, 2012
Doug was one of the greatest most giving people I have ever met. He was the Summer Camp Director for a camp dedicated to children with diabetes when I was the met him at YMCA Camp Willson. We became great camp friends. Doug did more in his short life then most people do in their entire life. He had so many problems, but, he took on the problems of others. What a Man and inspiration to all. He will be sorely missed at Camp this year and forever more.
Roger Hanafin
February 6, 2012
To the Apple Family - My family and I send our deepest sympathies about Doug. I personally considered Doug a great friend and fellow co-worker the last 4 years. God be with you all, as Doug is welcomed back home. My family and I will keep you all in our prayers. God Bless.
Anthony Helbling and Family
February 6, 2012
Dear Doug and Family,

I am so very sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you all.
Lu Anne Smith
February 6, 2012
Doug, Sheilah and Family- Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss of your son.
Rodney and Sharri Hedeen
February 6, 2012
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Family of a Ko-Man-She camper
February 6, 2012
Megan and family,
The loss of your brother and son Dougie will be one of the hardest things to go through. I hope the love and support from your friends and family help ease the pain and bring healing. We love you very much.
Love Brian and Gretchen Burke
Gretchen Burke
February 6, 2012
Dear Apple Family, I am very sorry about your loss and can not imagine life without a child. Doug was a favorite student of mine. When I think of Doug, I remember his bright smile and witty character. He made our Marketing Class fun. Please accept our apologies..... Mr. Tony Ross as well as my family Tuesday, Taylor and Jake
February 6, 2012
Doug and family,
With deepest sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dan & Nancy Wilson
February 6, 2012
To Doug, Sheila and the entire Apple Family – We are so saddened to learn of Dougie's untimely passing. Our hearts and prayers go out to each and every one of you in this most difficult time. May you find strength and comfort in God's loving grace.
Jon & Trudy Miller
February 6, 2012
Sheilah, Doug & Apple family -
You are in our prayers during this difficult time.
The Wynnes
Pam & Joel Wynne
February 6, 2012
Gwyn and Family,
Our Deepest sympathies and prayers go out to you at this difficult time. May God bless all of you.

Bauer Roofing
February 6, 2012
Thoughts and prayers to the entire Apple family and friends during this difficult time. You have a new angel to watch over each of you.
Christine Yeary
February 6, 2012
Gwen and family; my thoughts and prayers are with you at such a difficult time. I wish I'd been able to know Doug.
Patty Blount
February 6, 2012
Doug, Gwyn and Apple family - Carri and I are so sorry for your loss.
Brian and Carri Murphy
February 6, 2012
Doug and family - My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to you for the loss of Dougie. May you find comfort in the beautiful memories that you hold dear. God bless.
Cheryl Poore
February 6, 2012
Sheilah, Doug and family,
Our hearts and prayers are with you.
Dolly and Chick Hatton
Dolly and Chick Hatton
February 6, 2012
We are so sad to hear of Doug's passing, what a wonderful young man he was. You can be very proud of his impact on other people. We loved him here at Dialysis here was an inspiration to us and to his fellow patients. We will miss him very much.
Lynn & Jeanie Dialysis Center North
February 6, 2012
Dear Megan and Apple family,
Everyone here at Saint James school send our deepest sympathies. We are saddened to hear about your loss and our prayers are with you. It sounds like he was a remarkable young man.
Yours; The Saint James School Family
February 6, 2012
Megan,

Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. We will keep all of you in our prayers during this difficult time.
Chuck, Sharon, Michael and Steven Jackowski
February 6, 2012
To the entire Apple Family - My heart aches for you as you grieve the loss of Dougie. A fighter to the end and he kept his humor through it all. May friends and family be of comfort as you get through this difficult time.
Jessica Wenz
February 6, 2012
Gywn and the entire Apple Family - May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. We are thinking of you.
Christy, Rob, and John (Kuczak) Vigfusson
February 6, 2012
I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the Apple family.
Suzie (Capretta) Trihas
February 6, 2012
Gwyn, Mike and family-
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Jessica Ellis
February 6, 2012
May God Bless you all at this time...
Doug Burnham
February 6, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to the Apple Family and friends.
Amy Lytle Hansley
February 6, 2012
My deepest sympathies to the Apple family. I pray that you find peace.
April Harvell
February 5, 2012
To Sheilah, Doug & Family,

My deepest sympathies to you at this time.
May God keep you in His loving Grace.

Susan Stivers
susan stivers
February 5, 2012
He was always nice to me and had a kind word to say. He is with his Lord now.
Laura Gore
February 5, 2012
Doug was a friend of my Son Ricky. I always loved him so much! You know how there are certain friends that your children have that you know are the good guys and he was definetly one of them. We are so sorry for your loss!Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time.
George and Tammy Lawson
Tammy Lawson
February 5, 2012
To our Dear Friends, all The Apple's...our hearts ache with yours. What a great guy, your Dougie. Jo and Neal
February 5, 2012
Dear Apple Family,
We are thinking of you during this difficult time. May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy and condolences.
We are here if there's anything you need. Our love and support will always be here for you.
Nazie and Christian Apostolou
February 5, 2012
Forever in our hearts
Love your Texas family!
Ashley Sanchez
February 5, 2012
Doug,

I am so very sorry to hear that you have lost your dear son. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Maggie (Pack) Wickman
Margaret Wickman
February 5, 2012
To the entire family of Doug, I want you to know that I am praying for you during this difficult time, and want you to know that the time I knew Doug, he was a amazing guy and very caring. I was blessed to have known him.
Red
February 5, 2012
May you find comfort in all the wonderful memories you have of Doug. He was a fantastic young man who will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jen Peterman
February 5, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to your family. Our thoughts & prayers are with you!
John & Maryanne Schneller & Family
February 5, 2012
Our hearts ache for all of you...
Love, Tom & Teri Bertrams and family
Teri Bertrams
February 5, 2012
Gwyn and Apple family, my condolences your for loss. Words do an injustice in explaining how much we will miss Doug. He will remain very alive in our memories and admiration.

Tony Pinto and Family
Tony Pinto
February 5, 2012
To the entire Apple Family--My heart and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God and Dougie bless you with their comfort and warm spirits. Many HUGS to everyone.
Love, Meri and Ryan Robinson
Meri Robinson
February 5, 2012
Gwynnie and family,

Heartfelt sympathy for you and your family...I know your hearts will be heavy for a very long time. He is at peace and his everlasting spirit will walk you through this difficult journey. May you find comfort knowing we are all praying for you....
Chad and Amy Eckenrode
February 5, 2012
Gwynnie and family,
My deepest sympathy for you and your family at this most difficult time. May God bless you with his comfort.
Nancy Lewis
February 5, 2012
Dear Apple Family,
I just heard about your loss. I can't imagine what you're going through but please know that my family is sending our deepest sympathies at this time. May the lord bless you and keep you during this time.
Dave and Pam Merli
Dave Merli
February 5, 2012
Apple family - Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with you. I will always remember my visits with Dougie at the car wash...such a kind and cheerful soul. Praying for comfort during this difficult time.
Love,
Liz and Walter Osborne
Liz Osborne
February 5, 2012
We are saddened by your loss of Dougie. He fought a long, hard battle and will be missed by all his family and friends. Our prayers are with you.

I wish we had met him. If he was anything like his parents, he was a super individual!
Sandy & John Foxworth
February 5, 2012
Doug, Sheilah and family - Words are just not adequate to express the sorrow we have for the loss of your beautiful Dougie.

We feel as though we are the blessed ones to have been graced by his big heart and inviting personality. Our hearts go out to you during this most difficult time as your pain is unimaginable.

We continue to pray for Gods loving arms to surround you and guide you through.
Fae & Jerry Ochs
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