Roy Appleby dies in California
Roy R. Appleby, 81, died Dec. 10, 2013, in California.
Roy Appleby was born to Raymond E. and Florence A. Appleby (Mann) on July 25, 1932, in Mobridge. He had a twin brother, Ray, who preceded Roy in death in 2008.
Roy grew up in Mobridge and went to college at the School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1954. Upon graduation he moved to Los Angeles, Calif., to begin work at North American.
He married his first wife (Dorothy) Anne in September 1954. They had two daughters, Susan and Marsha. In 1962 they moved to Pasadena when Roy started his employment at Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he worked in JPL Flight Systems and Test Operations until his retirement in 1995. He was a manager of his work group at the time of his retirement.
His first wife, Anne, died in 1970. He married Mildred Irene on Nov. 11, 1972. Roy instantly gained two more daughters, Kathryn and Janis. The family moved to Tujunga, Calif., in 1973.
Roy and Millie were married for 33 years. Millie had some health problems. Roy took wonderful care of Millie during the last few years of her life. She died in 2005.
Roy married Patricia Brooks on May 20, 2006, with family and friends in attendance. They made their home in La Crescenta, Calif. Roy inherited four children, Rita, Allan, Steven and Susie. Roy and Pat had a wonderful seven years together, traveling, playing board games, working at the United Methodist Church in Tujunga, and spending time with family and friends.
Roy is survived by his wife, Pat, seven children, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Roy was known for his caring nature and willingness to led a helping hand. We are so blessed to have had him in our lives. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.