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Marshall Albert Appel


1926 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Marshall Albert Appel Obituary
March 15, 1926 - November 27, 2016 Granada Hills - Marshall Albert Appel, 90, died Sunday, November 27th 2016 at Providence Holy Cross Hospital in Mission Hills, CA. He leaves his daughters Lauren Gayl and Danna Lee Appel-Coonen, his grandchildren Jenna Sari Coonen and Steven Abraham Lawrence Coonen, his nieces and nephews, and some very dear friends. Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Marshall was the third child and only son of Isadore and Fanny Apple. He was a decorated veteran of World War II, serving in the 9th Infantry Division from 1941-1945. He met his wife, Joyce Beverly Barron, in 1946 at a local record store where he worked. They were married in March of 1948 and remained married until her death in 2013. A graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mechanical Engineering, Marshall moved with his family to California in 1957 where he earned a Master's degree from University of Southern California (USC) School of Engineering and worked as an Aerospace Engineer at Rocketdyne and NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). While working for NASA/JPL he filed multiple patents and was recognized for developing the rhenium coating for carbon thrust chambers, which gave rocket engines the ability to provide more thrust with less fuel. These same thrust chambers are now used in all commercial airline engines and space related vehicles. Marshall had a passion for collies and, with his wife Joyce, owned JoyMar Kennels. They raised several championship dogs and supplied most of the puppies and full grown collies seen on the classic television program Lassie. Marshall was known for his sense of humor, his good nature, his courtesy, and his determination. He went to the gym five days a week, was always learning, and continually demonstrated his love for his family. A memorial service will be held for Marshall on January 21st, 2017 at 2:00pm in Granada Hills. If you would like to attend, contact the following email address [email protected] for details.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 21 to Dec. 26, 2016
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