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David C. Appel

June 20, 1917 November 2, 2019
David C. Appel
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Obituary for David C. Appel

David C. Appel, age 102, of Council Bluffs, passed away November 2, 2019 at Fox Run Assisted Living.

David was born June 20, 1917 in Dannebrog, Nebraska to the late Jens and Pauline (Nielsen) Appel. He graduated from Dannebrog High School in 1934 and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. David proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. After being honorably discharged from the military he married Eileen Johnson on December 25, 1945 in Dannebrog. They were blessed with three children, Rodney, Dianne and Steven. David worked at the Railway Mail Service from 1948-1967; Nettleton Business College from 1967-1970 where he was Dean of Students; Metropolitan Area Planning Agency as an accountant for 12 years, retiring in 1982. He was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church; lifetime member of the VFW; Ancient Chariots Car Club (owner of a 1926 Model T and a 1929 Model A) and Ten Point Pitch Card Clubs.

In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen Appel in 2004; grandson, Nickolas Appel and 3 sisters, Veona and husband Milroy Harvey, Margaret Ann and husband George Kontos, and Mayme Appel.

David is survived by his children, Rodney (Patricia) Appel of Arvada, Colorado, Dianne (Richard) Bartek of Bennington, Nebraska, Steven (Cynthia) Appel of Clarinda, Iowa; 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

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Funeral Service




11:00 AM 11/7/2019 11:00:00 AM
Emanuel Lutheran Church

2444 North Broadway
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

With military rites tendered by the Kanesville Honor Guard. A lunch at Emanuel Lutheran Church following interment.

Emanuel Lutheran Church
2444 North Broadway Council Bluffs 51503 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


Ridgewood Cemetery Final Resting Place

1350 E. Pierce Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

1350 E. Pierce Street Council Bluffs 51503 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Emanuel Lutheran Church

2444 North Broadway
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

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