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American FamilyLAKELAND -- Mr. Peter Appel Jr. of Lakeland died of lung cancer Tuesday (April 26, 2005) at home. He was 78.Born in Hill, Minn., on Aug. 14, 1926, he came to Lakeland in 1997. He was a car salesman before opening his own insurance agency, American Family, which he operated for 22 years. He later was sales manager for Hometown America. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and served in Tsing Tao, China, and Hawaii. He was a member and past commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. He was a trained EMT. He was a member of First Reformed Church in Rock Rapids.Mr. Appel is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jeanette "Jay"; daughter, Rebecca Hasselmann; sons, Robert, and Randall; brothers, John, Rock Rapids, Iowa, Dick, Artesia, Calif.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Beacon Hill Colony. Burial will follow at 1 p.m. at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. Another memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at First Reformed Church in Rock Rapids, Iowa.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale. Central Florida Casket Store and Funeral Chapel.

Published in Ledger on Apr. 29, 2005
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