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James Harris Appelman, Jr

May 26, 2019

James Harris Appelman, Jr., 91, of 225 West Third Street, Bloomsburg, went to be with his Lord and Saviour on Sunday, May 26, 2019. He had been in very ill health for several months.    

He was the son of  late James Harris Appelman Sr. and Jean Terwilliger Appelman.  He was a graduate of Bloomsburg High School and married his high school sweetheart, Sherewood “Ducky” Deiterich.  They would have celebrated their 71st anniversary May 29th.  

In addition to his loving wife, he will be very much missed and was loved dearly by his daughter Sara Kay and her husband Pastor Craig Laidacker,  and his two sons:  James Harris Appelman III and his wife Rose,  Lynn Appelman and his wife Sally; six grandchildren: Daniel Laidacker, Paul Laidacker and his wife Kacie, Joshua Laidacker and his girlfriend Julye, Nathan Laidacker and his wife Daphne, Amanda Appelman, and Alissa Appelman Conklin and her husband Brad; seventeen great-grandchildren (including the Conklin quints); and several nieces and nephews.  He was pre-deceased by his sisters Phyllis Rhodomoyer and Beverly Appelman.  

Mr. Appelman owned and operated  Appelman’s  Wallpaper and Paint Store in Bloomsburg, a five- generation family business begun in 1901.  After more than 80 years the business closed and the building on Jefferson Street became Appelman’s Apartments which he and his wife operated.

Harris was a member of the NRA and the Beaver Township Rod and Gun Club.  He also was a member of Pheasants Forever where he had the distinction of being the top fundraiser for 12 years.  From a youngster he loved to fish and hunt, and he and his sons spent much quality time together fishing and hunting.  Mr. Appelman was a charter member of the Bloomsburg Baptist Church where he sang solos and family quintet songs up until the age of 90 years old.  He was faithful to all the services at the church, including Wednesday night prayer meeting, where he prayed for others.  He was a kind, gentle man.   He did not trust in his own good deeds to get him into heaven, but instead he trusted in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ to save him. His last words to the family were, “I love you all.  I will see you in Heaven.”

 A memorial service will be held at the Bloomsburg Baptist Church, 2405 Old Berwick Rd., Bloomsburg (Espy) this Saturday June 1st at 11:00 am with Pastor Craig Laidacker officiating.  The viewing and a time of visitation will be held near the end of the service. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Elan Memorial Park.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Bloomsburg Baptist Church at the above address.


Donations may be made to:

Bloomsburg Baptist Church
2405 Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg (Espy) PA 17815


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