Ed Apple
Ed Apple

Oklahoma Republican trailblazer, Ed Apple died Friday, October 16, 2020, in his Duncan home following a long illness.

He served four terms in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, representing District 50 (Stephens County) and serving eight years on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, serving several as chairman.

A celebration of his life will be on Friday, October 23, at 2 p.m. at Duncan's First United Methodist Church. Live streaming of the service will be available at http://www.duncanfumc.org/fumc_live.

He is survived by Betty, his wife of 59 years; daughters, Alyson (Mike) Livingston of Lantana, Texas and Leigh Anne (Jim) Sutherland of McKinney, Texas; and four grandchildren.

A native of Tulsa where he was an All-State catcher, he graduated with a degree in business from the University of Oklahoma where he was a member of the SAE fraternity.

Following a career as a jet fighter pilot and U.S. Marine, he was an industrial and manufacturing executive, a car salesman, a banker and an economic development director.

Recognized as an organizer, motivator and visionary, he became a tireless and respected community leader.

Among his most treasured honors were Duncan Man of the Year, the Stephens County Bar Association's Liberty Bell Award and the Duncan Chamber's Lifetime Achievement award.

A longtime member of Rotary, he was a past president and a Paul Harris Fellow.

Ed was instrumental in forming Leadership Duncan and the Hall of Fame for both the Duncan High Athletic Department and the Duncan Area Music community.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests Betty Apple Excellence in Nursing Prize, c/o Duncan Regional Hospital Foundation, PO Box 2000, Duncan, OK 73534 (https://cfok.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/list) or First United Methodist Church of Duncan music program, 2300 N. Country Club Road, Duncan, OK 73533. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.whittfh.com.
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Published by Tulsa World on Oct. 21, 2020.
Celebration of Life
Duncan's First United Methodist Church
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Our heartfelt sympathies and prayers are with the family. Ed was a wonderful friend and fraternity brother and he we will be dearly missed.
Dick and Dialma Smith
Dick Smith
October 28, 2020
I got to know Ed and Betty through my dear friend Janet. Anytime spent with him was noteworthy. I started to say I did'nt know him well, but if you spent any time with him you got to know him well. He wanted you to get to know him and he wanted to know you. What a full life he lived! Much Love to you Betty. Bob Melichar.
Robert Melichar
October 23, 2020
Karen Eagleton
October 22, 2020
I worked with Ed at the OCC for several years. He was always friendly and constructive. I admired his up-beat attitude and respect for all people. We need more leaders like that.
Joe Foster
October 21, 2020
The world was a better place because of Uncle Ed, he served his country with honor, his State and community with compassion, and his family with immense love. We will miss the man, the patriot, the poet.
Diane Emery
October 20, 2020