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Robert A. Appleton, 79

September 8, 2010

Robert A. Appleton, 79, of Wolf Lake, died at 11:06 a.m. Monday, Sept. 6, 2010 at his residence. Born Sept. 24, 1930 in Lake County, he was a son of Clark and Luella (Bothwell) Appleton.

He graduated from Merrillville High School with the Class of 1948. From 1953-1955 he served in the U.S. Army where he served in the Korean War.
On Nov. 9, 1957 he married Leila H. Wilson in Merrillville. In 1978 he moved with his family to Wolf Lake where he established the family farm, Appleton Farms, retiring in 1992. He was a member of Living Waters Lutheran Church in Wolf Lake.

Survivors include his daughters, Karen I. Appleton and Brenda S. (Troy) Fleetwood of Kimmell and Kathy L. (Cecil) Harrison of Albion; son, Roland A. “Chip” (Sarah) Appleton of Kimmell; sisters, Nancy (Ed) McDonald of Merrillville and Lois (Richard) Lewis of Crowne Point; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife March 6, 2009 and grandson, Benjamin Ladig.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City and one hour prior to the service Friday. Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Friday with Pastor James Haugen of Living Waters Lutheran Church, Wolf Lake, officiating. Burial will follow at Wolf Lake Cemetery in Wolf Lake.

Memorials in memory of Mr. Appleton may be made to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana with envelopes available at the funeral home. Visit to send the family condolences or sign the guest register book.

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