Rodney John Appelhans, of Greeley, died Aug. 6, 2013, at Porter Hospital in Denver. He was born Dec. 16, 1948, to John and Loretta (Schneider) Appelhans in Ovid, Colo.
Rodney married Maribeth Gebhardt on June 10, 1972, in Lakewood, Colo. They just celebrated their 41st anniversary and were a strong loving couple.
Rodney grew up in Sedgwick, Colo. He graduated from Revere High School in Ovid, Colo., in 1967. He then, graduated from Northeastern Junior College in Sterling and the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Rodney was a Master Real Estate Appraiser for over 30 years. He was a member of the Appraisal Institute with an SRA designation.
Rodney was a friendly, gentle, soft-hearted man, who never knew a stranger. His family was his passion. He was a very involved father and grandfather. He attended all school and sport activities, he coached soccer teams, and held and cared for babies. Rodney took great pride in his grandchildren and enjoyed spoiling them. Rodney remained close to his extended family; he never missed a reunion or family event. He also was quite the handyman doing household repairs and woodworking for family and friends. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping.
Rodney is survived by his wife, Maribeth; son, Nathan Appelhans and wife, Chandra Thomas, and their children, Nathan, Marley, Jack and Lily of Greeley; daughter, Katie Brown and husband, Scott, and their children, Addison and Aidan "Koko" of Colorado Springs; daughter, Julie Call and husband, Tim, and their children, John, Robert and Hayden of Loveland; sister, Thelma Sandquist and husband, Glen, of Sedgwick; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 2222 23rd Ave., Greeley. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, also at St. Mary's Catholic Church, followed by the inurnment at Linn Grove Cemetery. A reception will follow at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3000 35th Ave., Greeley, CO, 80634.
Memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Greeley, in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th St., Greeley, CO.
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