Robert Appel Sr.

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Robert Charles “Bob” Appel Sr., 80, born July 8, 1938, in Belleville, IL, died Thursday, August 2, 2018, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL, with his family by his side.

Mr. Appel was a letter carrier for the Belleville post office for 36 years before his retirement and was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 155.  He graduated from St. Luke’s Catholic Grade School in 1952 and from Cathedral High School in 1956.  Bob was a big sports fan and especially enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals.  He was a U. S. Army veteran.

Robert was preceded in death by his wife of 35 great and beautiful years, Rita Marie, nee Daesch, Appel, whom he married on November 3, 1973, and who died on September 4, 2008; his parents, Lester T. and Ann M., nee Georgal, Appel; a great-grandchild, Gianna Riester; a sister, JoAnn Edmundson; and four brothers-in-law Rodger Glueck, Wayne Saeger, Harold “Butch” Gaubatz, and Howard Edmundson.

Surviving are his children, Linda (Don) Reichling of Fairview Heights, IL, Julie (Terry) Cleamer of Belleville, IL, Robert C. Jr. (Danee) Appel of Shiloh, IL, David (Gayle) Appel of O’Fallon, IL, and Daniel (Norma) Appel of Seattle, WA;
a step-daughter, Ann Marie Koenig of Belleville, IL;
10 grandchildren;
four step-grandchildren;
11 great-grandchildren;
seven step-great-grandchildren;
a brother, Lester (Mary Ann) Appel of Swansea, IL;
two sisters, Judy Saeger of Belleville, IL, and Jane Gaubatz of O’Fallon, IL;
and many wonderful brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law;
and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or to the American Diabetes Association.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, August 5, 2018, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, August 6, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 6, 2018 at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Donald Blaes officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL


8 Comments on Robert Appel Sr.

Joseph meise said : Guest Report Aug 07, 2018 at 3:25 AM

Dan,dave,linda,julie,rob,im so sorry for your loss, you all are in my thoughts and prayers

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Karen Helfrich said : Guest Report Aug 06, 2018 at 1:51 PM

So sorry to hear about Bob's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of sympathy and always! Sorry I couldn't make it to the funeral home, but be sure I have been thinking of you all.! Much Love! Karen

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Faith Lannom said : Guest Report Aug 06, 2018 at 2:46 AM

My sincerest condolences go out to all the Appel family members & extended family/friends. My thoughts & prayers go out to each & everyone. May God give comfort & peace during this difficult time. Faith Lannom

  • Belleville
  • Il
Cherilyn S. Trusty said : Guest Report Aug 04, 2018 at 10:21 PM

Rob- so sorry to see this. Prayers for you and your siblings. This is why we lean on the everlasting arms.

  • Edwardsville
  • Illinois
Jane M. Gaubatz said : Guest Report Aug 04, 2018 at 6:41 PM

I couldn't have asked for a better brother. He was one of a kind, a friendly, kind, gentle man. He loved his family. And I was proud to say "Yes, that's my brother, Bobby". You are loved and will be missed. Janie

  • Lebanon
  • Illinois
Gene Wiggins NARFE Chap. 1019 said : Guest Report Aug 04, 2018 at 4:22 PM

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Ben Brown at 618 624-8007. If unable to reach either one, you may call our alternate, Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Nancy Countryman said : Guest Report Aug 04, 2018 at 12:49 PM

Please except my sincere condolences for your families loss and during this difficult time. May you all find comfort in the support you have from each other.

  • Hornell
  • NY
Gayle Gaubatz said : Guest Report Aug 03, 2018 at 9:50 PM

My deepest sympathies for your family,

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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