Paul David Apple

September 30, 1942March 26, 2019

P. David Apple, 76, passed away Tuesday March 26, 2019 at his home on his farm. Dave was born September 30, 1942 to Paul and Ruth (Ashbaker) Apple in Coshocton, Ohio.

Dave was a graduate of West Lafayette Local Schools in 1960. He then graduated from Ashland College in 1964. He began his career as an American History teacher at Coshocton High School. Dave retired from Ridgewood High School in 1994 after 30 years of touching many students and colleagues’ lives. The American Civil War was one of his favorite eras to teach, and Dave took pride in teaching the history of Coshocton County. Dave also loved his farm and took great pride in the land. He spent many hours caring for his cattle, crops, creek banks and cutting firewood. He was a proud American. He enjoyed reading, valued education, and a good work ethic. Most of all, Dave valued and loved his family.

He was loved and admired by his three children Laura (Ron) Roberts of West Lafayette, Jennifer Terry of Kimbolton, and Paul Apple Jr. of West Lafayette. His five grandchildren Andrew (Taylor) Gates, Veronica Roberts, Cale Roberts, Alexander Terry, and Olivia Terry. One great granddaughter Avery Gates and step grandson Christopher Roberts. He is also survived by his three brothers Tom Apple (West Lafayette), Steve Apple (Wooster), and Dennis (Kim) Apple of New Philadelphia. He appreciated the many visits from former students and his friends and neighbors.

Dave was always straight to the point and only wanted his obituary to contain five words in which his family will honor. Dave Apple: Father-Friend- Teacher- Farmer- Conservative

Memorial contributions may be made in Dave’s name to the Ridgewood Education Association, The Coshocton Public Library, or The West Lafayette United Methodist Church. The family will have a Celebration of Life at a later date.

Given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home is serving the family.


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Harold Hartsock

April 11, 2019

I remember Dave as a teenager when his father Paul operated the gas station in West Lafayette. My twin brother had a summer job at their station. Dave was a great person even then, everyone enjoyed his company. If all Americans shared his principles ,ethics and values this would truly be the best country in the world to live. We have lost one of our best , God bless Dave.

Shelley McCormick

April 3, 2019

Mr. Apple,
It was a great honor to have had you as a teacher. History was more fun with you, especially when I could ALWAYS stump you with your "Ask me any question concerning history and I can tell you the answer (and then some, sometimes)" . You definitely made History and Algebra fun and you touched a lot of students in your day at RHS. Thank you.
Many condolences to the family. A great man will be missed by many.

Travis Morrison

April 3, 2019

I rember Mr Apple.... for not only the education but the wisdom he shared to all of us. Our class...the class of 1994 was the last class to have him for a whole year before his retirement. I have remembered since the depth of teaching he went to in regard to American History and to the deeper level, the Civil War. As Ridgwood and Coshocton Graduates, it was our privilege to have Mr. Dave Apple as our teacher. We all learned much from Dave. Our prayers are with the Apple family during this time.

Mike Brill

April 1, 2019

Sorry for your family’s loss. I remember learning civil war history from him in school. He challenged us, but was always fair. He was a great techer and I remember him fondly.

Jean McVay

April 1, 2019

Laura, Jenny and Paul and your families: we are so sorry for your loss, our hearts and Prayers are with you all now in your loss. He was one of our favorite teachers and he never stopped wanting to teach! He was in my office just a few months ago, and he was teaching me history from a book he had brought in. It was very nice to see he still had such a great passion to teach. Love to you all!

Debbie and Ron Brown

March 31, 2019

So sorry for your loss Laura and family. Hugs and prayers. Your dad was a caring teacher.

john hothem

March 31, 2019

God Bless All The Family------john hothem

Lesa Landis Lawrence

March 30, 2019

A very favorite teacher of mine. He was such a passionate history teacher that he made up sit and listen. I loved history that year. So sad to hear of his passing. Prayers for his family.

Karen Gallagher Ames

March 30, 2019

Mr Apple was one of the best teachers. RHS had. He always made his class interesting and easy learning. alwAys there to help you. R.I.P

Shannon Shivers fry

March 30, 2019

Awe..RIP. Mr Apple..very fond memories of him.. a great teacher..💔