Arthur H. Appel - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

October 7, 1928 - January 8, 2020

Arthur Harold Appel

Age 91, of Richfield. Served in the US Navy during the Korean War aboard the USS Henderson. He was a precious metal worker, loved playing the accordion and organ, and going on road trips. His love of trains led to a hobby as an avid model railroader. Above all he had a love for his family and faith. Survived by wife of 62 years, Albina Appel; children, Cynthia Appel, Kimberly (Dan) Carlson, Julie (Jeff) Duncan and John (Nancy) Appel; grandchildren, Alicia Zilka, April Guthrie, Ben (Laura) Carlson, Ryan Carlson, Alexa Densmore, Katie Duncan, Matthew Duncan and Mark Duncan; great-grandchildren, Mallory Carlson and Zayden Duncan; sister, Maxine Appel; and numerous relatives and friends. Preceded in death by parents, Arthur & Cecelia Appel; and siblings, Adeline Waletzki, Ted Wallace, Ernie Waletzki, Russel Waletzki, Ceil Kocemba and Jerome Waletzki.


  1. Nancy Appel says:

    Arty, I’ll miss you so much. I’ll miss your smile and your laugh and your hugs. You always made me feel loved like a fourth daughter and I especially loved how well you loved your family. Your jokes were corny. Your mind was sharp. You remembered every highway you were ever on.
    What a great man! What a great father-in-law!

  2. Vicky Willcox says:

    So sorry to hear Julie. He must have had a lot of great stories – such an interesting life!

  3. Russ Waletski says:

    Uncle Arty, being of the “greatest generation”
    And with the family origin that instilled
    resolute purpose of being and morality
    which he manifested with steadfast perseverance
    though out his entire life,
    perhaps will agree with my sentiments below.

    Shed no bitter tears for our Beloved Uncle;
    Nor in our hearts hold regret in vain
    Its but the casket that lies here;
    the gem that fills it sparkles yet.
    A gem that will sparkle in our hearts
    and memories ‘til we see his smiling face
    and meet his warm embrace again.

    On behalf of my siblings and myself
    With heartfelt condolences to
    our Dear Aunt Albina and our cousins
    Cindy, Julie, Kim and John ,

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